the color of light + time // indigo styled shoot / by Rachel Iliadis

Oh,I imagine time

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tasting of poppyseed and flora, moving

fast, and slow

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like trails of weightless dust disappearing and reappearing;

strands of mineral light, streaming through the time-traveler's scope

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a sea enchantment of abyssal sound.

oh, spacious dark.

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You say we are too eager for the future.

Ink blots swimming across the atlantic, searching for whales.

Ruminating, wild in the eyes and wilted in violet.

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But I found dip-dyed courage at the bottom of a dream.

Starlit black, return again.

Move slow. I want you to see me.

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Sea mother;

crash over me

and make my body new.

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Then ask,

What is freedom for?

The way the body sways, light in her lining.

Pyramids of indigo, towers of water.

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Oh, I imagine time

smelling of walnut and lemonade.

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Ask,

What is freedom for?

Ancient poetry; her waking wilderness.

The way ice feels cold on my tongue in August.

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And what of time?

Oh, there is peace here.

She moves in circles, and births me over and over again from her gold-glittered womb.

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Oh, I imagine time

may  be

what freedom is for.

Poetry: Tiffany Trivett Dyeing: Makaila Borgerson Styling: Kristin Zaydman