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Twice-born

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The butterfly, usually twice-born, falls tired and curls a head toward a tail, dissolving into the material of itself, its fresh green skin melting to flashing scales.

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									                       Twice-born
                          Lia Greenwell




i.
     The thyroid gland
is shaped like a butterfly,
stretching its lobes like wings
across the sides of the neck,
so that the shaking of one wing,
even a minor fluttering, might
cause it to lift off
through the top of the head.

ii.
    When they opened my mother’s
neck to cut hers out,
they found it shriveled,
broken-winged. The cut
on her neck looked like someone
wanted the breath
right out of her.

iii.
      The butterfly,
usually twice-born,
falls tired and curls a head
toward a tail, dissolving into the material
of itself, its fresh green skin
melting to flashing scales. Her thyroid
folded its wings around its body sleepily,

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    and dreamt that it was more
    than itself.

    iv.
         My mother was reborn
    sile
								
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