The Great Explorer

Self snuck into the toddler’s mind, louder

than jungle-cries. Here, without contradiction

from other selves, the wild child discovered

everything herself. Her senses crept

out like vines, genderlessly, mythlessly,

felt along branches and grasped

hold of the world. Dreams lived

her soul’s other lives, night by night, while jaguars guarded

her body from above. Their eyes never blinked;

she knew rather than believed.

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