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were taken by Dana Davis

Oakland, California, USA

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Cup 26: Death

 

 

Everyone’s excrement is somebody’s food.

 

Flowers love earthworm poop, beetles eat bear poop.

 

Flowers and earthworms and beetles all die

 

and fungi eat them and feed them to the trees.

 

Underground death connects life to life

 

Like your heart connects your two arms

 

I wonder if these shapeshifters ever think about the light

 

Are they curious about air

 

where all the killing happens

 

If they see us through the shadowy grains of soil

 

Lumbering about crushing flowers in our teeth

 

Turning trees into toilet paper

 

Do they envy our vision in the day

 

Or pity our blindness in the night?