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The Real LJ Idol * Season 11 * Week 1 : Resolution

The way will not be easy.
You must rest when you can.
There will be moss to lie upon,
soft against your cheek.
You must thank it for its succor.
The streams will be gentle and cool.
Wade into the deep water, and float.

Eat the sun-ripened berries,
caress the bright flowers,
look at the impossible sky.
Remember it when there is
rich soil in your mouth,
and the blue expanse is
no longer above you.
Your skin will itch and rend.
Do not be afraid.

You know what the seed knows.
The fissure in your hide is not
destruction. The journey will be
warm, and this is a coat you
no longer need.
There is a becoming to
undergo. Be undone.

Pins and needles climb your
lithe toes, bite into your arches,
claw at your heels.
You keep walking the path,
In spite of the stinging nettle.
Lick the soles of your feet
for relief. You have
everything you need.

There are beasts at your back.
You acknowledge their snarls,
envision their teeth,
feel their wet hot breath at the
nape of your neck.
You keep walking the path,
In spite of.
You, too, are a beast.
Your mournful howling will be
answered in kind. Be soothed.

The shadows are long,
sharp and brambled.
The luminescent mushrooms will appear
to you in the new moon dark.
If you kiss them, they will tell you
Secrets.

Tell your secrets to the stones.
They know how to hold the weight.

You keep walking,
In spite of.
You keep walking.

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