“Tangled Roots” nestled with 3Elements Review

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Tangled Roots

She pulled away corn husks,
the fine silk piling on her feet
and masking cracked linoleum
until the floor shone
golden strands.
Her father’s hands hulled
speckled peas and wrapped
around the slender neck
of his eighth bottle
–quelling sounds
but quickening
the blood rush in her ears.
When she was alone,
she’d cut herself in half
and count the rings.
She often found locusts nestled
within her, their hollow thrums
echoing in her chest
and whispering
that a seventeen-year-old
body is not a fragile thing.

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