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Daily Deviation
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By winterkate   |   
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i.
When I was six a phoenix
tried to drown me.
Underwater I grabbed for fire.

Like Icarus, I was reaching
towards the sun.

I hope he still has
bald spots. I hope he still
cradles searing scars.

He was death,
I was the bird.

ii.
My uncle knows plastic-
wrapped soaps as well
as he knows fine wines.

If he drinks enough,
he thinks it’s love-
carved names rubbing
the silver drain smooth. Diver: 28 days
sweating, ship black against
sea. Like it had been peeled
from amber tongues.

iii.
On my fifteenth birthday, the boy
with stars on his fists and Saturn’s
rings in his eyes told me I was pretty.
It was the first time
anyone had said so. I learned
how to hold my breath,
how to apply foundation,
how to cry

without bleeding tar
down my cheeks,
and how to wear my bones
quieter.

iv.
He says he does it for the money.
He says you have to come up slowly
or else something inside of you will explode.

I didn’t understand what he meant
until I realized my throat was still
somewhere in his bed, tired
and having forgotten itself.

v.
When I left I drove as far
and as fast as I could.
I wear waterproof mascara now. But even

with the feathers sprouting fiery from between
my shoulder blades - I don't look
straight at the sun.
© 2014 - 2020 winterkate
My return wouldn't be complete without a collaboration with the wonderful DearPoetry ! I'm so glad she decided to work with me again - and if you haven't seen her work, please check it out. She's literally fantastic!
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I love this.
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flummoStudent Writer
iii. & v. :heart: You guys did a beautiful beautiful job. Congrats to the two of you on the DD! :love:
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progressinprogress Traditional Artist
What a wonderful collaboration!
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TarosMyr Writer
I just posted at Kayla's page that this was a wonderful collaboration. Well done. :)
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Sammur-amat General Artist
magnificent piece, you two! :clap: and congrats on the DD! :love:
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TruthisTruthStudent Writer
Congratulation of the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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I enjoyed this image:

"the boy
with stars on his fists and Saturn’s
rings in his eyes told me I was pretty."
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Congratulations on the DD! I really like this. :D 
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Excellent imagery, wonderful metaphor. Fabulous read.
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winterkateStudent Writer
Thank you so much!
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lollirotcatStudent Writer
I love this so much!! :heart:
Congrats on the DD! :D
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winterkateStudent Writer
Thanks a ton :) you should check out my collaborator, DearPoetry
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lollirotcatStudent Writer
You're welcome! and thank you, I did and I really liked the poems I saw so I'm watching them too now! :3
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SycamoreSeaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I can't even... wow. There is so much here to love. The entirety of i. is perfect, and I adore how to wear my bones / quieter, and the way v. ties it back together is just amazing. Wonderful work (to the both of you) and congratulations on the DD! <3
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winterkateStudent Writer
Thank you so much! If you liked this work, you really should check out DearPoetry's absolutely amazing pieces.
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SycamoreSeaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course! <3 And don't worry, I have. c:
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I cannot imagine how difficult a poetry collaboration would be, but you've done a beautiful job here!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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DearPoetryHobbyist Writer
Maybe it's more difficult for others, but I personally have no problems working with Kate. :)
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winterkateStudent Writer
Oh, I agree. DearPoetry is absolutely fantastic to work with - you should try one with your dA friends to see!
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Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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winterkateStudent Writer
Thank you so much! If you like my work, you should absolutely check out the wonderful works of DearPoetry
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My pleasure! :heart:
I checked her out, i'm preparing a surprise for her tomorrow but shhh!
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KharemiHobbyist General Artist
Gongratulations on the Daily Deviation ! :heart:
This is a stunning piece of literature, totally well deserved DD :clap:
You both have done an amazing job on this one :love:
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