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A lush green forest with trees and moss
Photo by Marc Pell on Unsplash

One day when you wake, you’ll find you’ve become
a forest. You’ve grown roots, you’ve become stronger
and full of life-giving qualities. You have learned to take
all the negativity around you and turn it into oxygen
for easy breathing. A host of wild creatures live inside you,
and you call them stories. A variety of beautiful birds nest
inside your mind; you call them memories. You have become
an incredible, self-sustaining thing of epic proportions. How far
you have come from the seeds of who you used to be.

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Courtney Austin is a poet incarcerated in Tennessee.