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Cut Down the Tall Poppies


The world envied my tail—
elephant tusk, tiger’s pelt.
Green and heavy
and lush with sparkle.

It was the worst thing about me.
I believed them.
A documented federal disability.
Didn’t I want that green growth removed?

They made me weep
because I could not walk
when they were the ones
longing to glide through blue.


Samantha Stiers has published work in Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, and other magazines.

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