fire said to water

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fire said to water,

who are you to put me out

to hush my rushing breath

to extinguish me from now

who are you to say,

‘fire, you must no longer be’

before you choke my flame,

my light, my life, away from me?

water said to fire,

     who are you to make my body

     boil, roll, and rise

     to change the heart of me

who are you to say,

     ‘water, you are not free’

     before you heat and turn

     my own flesh into steam?

fire said to water,

i do not apologize

for the nature of myself

for the truth of you and i

water said to fire,

     i do not expect you to

     nor will i apologize

     for the truth of me to you.

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