Talisman – Embrace the phoenix
as it releases you
as the desert stars crawl
generously to your window,
big as mountains.
Urgent as the saguaro
gripping you,
insistence prickling forth
larger than stars.
Let go as if the choice were yours,
as if mere Desire ignites the pyre.
Promise anything
as the needle pierces your thigh.
The twinkling stars bursting.

(Hand built terracotta bookends with low-relief text and modeled figure.
Created by Kathryn Wolanczyk)

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