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As in all good stories, you walked

into the wolf ’s mouth and you were born:

when they found you, you had wrapped

yourself in the hide. You thought, everyone forgets

the skin is the body’s biggest organ. You thought,

one heart can house another. And so you stood

in a body, and you called the body yours:

no one remembered your family. No one

had heard of your town. You walked

into the wolf ’s mouth and you were lost:

as in all good stories, they claimed

you for their own.

from TeratologyFind it in the Library

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Published in Poems Susannah Nevison

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