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Alexandra G. McKay
John Van Rys
Section of “Manitou Trail Untethered”
As lichen rhizines. Fractured gneiss pebbled under the tent.
The citrus of pine. Interpolate my skin.
The taste of truffle. The hard bite of iron.
I caution myself to be gradual. Hold a banded rock. Its surface rough.
Folds of feldspar mica quartz. Calibrate a metamorphic time
where there is always river, flowing past tree—bur oak balsam fir
black spruce. Exposed roots scrabbling for meagre soil.
I open my lungs to lowbush blueberry, breathe the infinite sky.
All its tributaries.
My bones ache a slow awakening.