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The meaning of dormant
 
Pick a seed, any seed
for the womb of hard soil
bouldered with ice. Entomb
this tattooed keeper
of crop mythology.
 
Think of it as a one-way
bet with the future
held in a glass ovary
just in case we need
to coax it into life.
 
There’s more than one
quiet sphere shuffled here.
Two by two they sleep
at the end of these tubes,
suspended in the permafrost,
 
safe, until with luck
we find an olive branch
and the meaning of dormant
in a flow of meltwater.
 

 

 

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