Remember 14?

At 14
they coaxed me into the July sun
and nibbled on my scrawny fingers
bleating knowingly over my hands
later, on crunchy spring mornings
I embraced their half-frozen lambs
intervening with the sweet foremilk
nearly twenty years later I was repaid
seven months living on intravenous fluid
until we coaxed Julia into the spring sun
on April 14th I could eat again
these hands knowing now

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