When they cut you open, they said you bled stars


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Madeline Brancel grew up in rural Wisconsin and has since lived and worked in Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique. She is at her most joyful when making unexpected friendships while traveling, dancing to  [+]

Image of Fall 2020
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The bunny soft glow falls languid,
seeping into the fibers I so tenderly draped
over the prostrate length of you.

You barely stir. Your breath
is a steady tide so I
follow your cadence with my own, our moons
swinging, skin oozing
eucalyptus and myrrh. I see your sap draining from
the pulp of you where they drilled.
The doctors whisper behind sterile curtains
that they’ve never tasted
a syrup like yours.

They unearth your trunk and carry it
to me in a bundle,
cradled in the innocent enclaves of their elbows, sapless,
still breathing. I promise you new soil,
a well-lit room, a pot that’s too small but still
cozy, maybe even pancakes
to share as you
root.

When we get home, my forest drinks your breeze
and our cheeks run rouge
with your hibiscus, my red allium.
You leave me windswept; I leave you as you are now,
sleeping. Your first spring leaf peeks through your
tender bark and
my chest opens,
awestruck,
as it
unfolds.

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Keith Simmonds · ago
My support for a great piece!
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Dawit Degu · ago
your words are fabulous!
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Tamrat Arega · ago
Awesome poem keep up the good work.
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Yohannes Misgan · ago
Deep and lovely poem. I really liked this one. Your words are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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Sandra Sousa · ago
A minha menina linda sempre a brilhar! :)
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Amy Mossman · ago
Your writing leaves me speechless and happy.
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Laura Brandt · ago
So beautiful and moving... definitely paints a picture!! 🥰
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Lauren Kujawa · ago
Beautifully written 💫🌱
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Ebtehal Tarek Elghamrawy · ago
Great job Maddie, very fresh :)
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Laura Mello · ago
I loved this!! Nice work!
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Mali Maza · ago
Wow! Lovely poem Maddie!

Maria

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Denise Truver · ago
What a beautiful, moving piece!
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John Davis · ago
What an amazing, moving and passionate piece of art. I wish I could give this 100 votes
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Madeline Brancel · ago
Thank you, John! This is such a nice comment :)))
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Arcadia Payne · ago
Beautiful! Best of luck, Maddie!
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Robin Peck · ago
Great job, good luck Maddie!
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Hally Azevedo · ago
Powerful. Thank you.
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Fatma Odaymat · ago
❤️❤️❤️
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Ricardo Vasconcelos · ago
Lindo, Maddie. Parabéns!
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Diane Linhart Firlinger · ago
Beautiful piece of writing!
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Wendy Koehnke · ago
Amazing Maddie!!❤️
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Madeline Brancel · ago
❤️ thank you!
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Hans Brancel · ago
Awesome Maddie :) so cool youre doing this!
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Madeline Brancel · ago
Thanks Hans 😊😊
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Amy Mossman · ago
Wow. Not even sure if I understand why I feel the way I do when I read your prose.
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Eva Lauderdale · ago
Beautiful, Maddie!
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Madeline Brancel · ago
Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️

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