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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? 

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