Paradise side up

people are unruly
in their wild, intrinsic state,
the one we train out of ourselves,
against which we rebel,
shape into pale, trembling compliance
with words like karma,
dharma,
this is how we always did it,
heaven, hell, marriage, forbidden,
well alright,
but only once
in a very bloody while — that’ll be
a healthy contribution
to the collection plate!

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Teresa D Hawkes, Ph.D.

Teresa D Hawkes, Ph.D.

We all matter! Code: ALL. A Warren Democrat. A scientist. A poet. A mother. LOVES Bader Ginsburg. Loves McCartney. Is old.Is white.Is LGBTQ.She/her/me.Is woman.