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Belief


She tells him the child is not his.
The old women mutter and cluck
as they slap wet cloth against river stones.
He wraps his arms around his chest as though he fears
he will also sprout with child. "A dove,"
he quietly asks? She points to a blood spot
on her cheek. "He pecked me here." It still hurts
when she touches it. It always hurts.
He loves the child, the cuckold's hatchling. He loves his lying wife.
But he knows she lies. When the old men stumble
into the stable, beards matted, coarse as grain,
he simply mutters, "Drunks," bad wine, betrayal.
One afternoon as he saws cedar planks, sawdust thick as pollen,
an angel catches his hatchling as he falls from a branch.
"I shaped the angel out of air," he thinks, so desperate
to believe that a dove pecked his wife, and she swelled with child.
Birth, a child, desperation, a never ending mark, a pain
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is my favorite thing that I have read in quite a while.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much.:happybounce: 
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is lovely. :D I really like the imagery.
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Writer
He wraps his arms around his chest as though he fears
he will also sprout with child.

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swansisters Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart: Forgive me for not responding sooner, dealing with a sick father and messed up health insurance
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swansisters Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't realize until now thay I got DLD because I was so immersed in my cancer scare bot not only am I exceptionally healthy but yay dancing around the room happy
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
congratulations on the well-deserved DLD, dear heart. :heart:
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riparii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Just the same as wonderful.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Featured: [link]
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Oh my god. Speechless. :coffeecup:
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