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Red Dirt

I eat only because my body demands it.
In the South pregnant mothers eat red dirt
because it gives them what they crave. Their bellies are full moons,
their eyes constellations of what their baby will be.
Forget tossed stones or chicken entrails,
the lines of a palm already scarred
by machinery bits, a barbed wire chicken fence.
I already know what my future will be.
I was given paradise but it did not want me.
They told me if you are not strong enough this paradise will scar you
and it has. I was meant to be pregnant at the age of 16
and believe this child will be different from me.
But I escaped, relentless, demanding. "Do not give into it."
But paradise rejected me.
I am now too slovenly, scared and desperate.
I want to bite myself, taste red blood,
red clay until it consumes me. I belong to it.
I want the red clay until it exhausts me and whatever I may give birth to.
My scars like constellations have told me we are not worthy.
Red dirt and constellations
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-07-21
Red Dirt by swansisters is a visceral and gut-clenching work, grappling with issues as broad as poverty and as personal as pregnancy. ( Featured by ShadowedAcolyte )
KanadPanda101 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifully written :) Also, congrats on the DD!
PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Loneliness and pain...
Rob22roberts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Well, I'm new here but this is captivating and creating a new view in my creative thinking and makes me want more of the story.  
Galetrial Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Biting and beautiful.  Great work.  Congrats on the DD.
KyoukoImouto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
saevuswinds Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
InfiniteFruit Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!! :heart:
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