play your part

the crosses she wears

to let you know she’s not there

the electricity and sky

making everything stand up

hands inside sleeves

she’s somewhere

not coming back

so run in place

some place

her place

all the way across state lines

to let them know you’re for real

we can’t buy time

when time’s not money

when money’s late

and you push and pull

and it’s actually you

who’s being pushed

and pulled

slow roasted


and shown something

of what is left

i need so many things

i need them to need me

and i crouch under the earth

to get a better look at the sky

RIHA, Zhaojue, Sichuan, China, from the series The Yi People (2002)

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