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Twilight Defiance

By Sterling Warner

Gathering of teenage tribes

marked by unified comradery

& hunger, ready to leave programmed

behavior at home, prepared to explore

slivers of light disappearing into shadows.

Knotted rawhide ankle bracelets

tattoo lower tibias with tanner's dye

assume a decorative life of their own

as bare calloused feet strike solid earth

rhythmically & passionately moving,

their red Alpen glow shimming

in night air...igniting ritual warmth;

panting breaths create wispy clouds

that emerge from lips parted & cold

fill the ebon void with moist faery tears

dissipating like objects in a magic act

into midnight's black velvet curtain.


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