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gaza in isla verde

this pebble sits ordinary in isla verde,
nudged slow by waves,
eroding into sand.
if instead i had found this elsewhere.
the surface would’ve been
of a distinct weathering,
a smoothness
from constant friction
with a slingshot leather.

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Anarchist Mangroves

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the fiddler crab concurs
that the mangrove is an anarchist,
perfect in its defiance
from that liminal place
between the land and the sea:
trunks bent close to the ground,
roots interlocked like arms in protest
in this creeping war against the tides.
when the sea appears to be winning,
a million middle fingers
shoots through mud,
growing leaves,
extending borders,
giving more life in time.