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using a shovel as a name tag

by Caroline Meek
Illustrated by Matilda Mel

I used a dictionary to bury

what I found

a new meaning of the word

Illustration by Matilda Mel

Illustration by Matilda Mel

inhalation,

living

and choking

on the veins between your fingertips

and the palm of your hand

where you held

a lot of soil

that wouldn’t fit below

the surface of myself.

I am almost finished

reading about nouns

that didn’t mean

what I thought they meant.