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Come-Lie-with-Me-1-001By Sarah Ragsdale

Born in the dying season
of umbers and vermillion
juniper berries and frost

Come, lie with me
in the deer beds

We’ll nestle in their quiet
whorls of parched grasses that grow
close to the edge of the sea

Come, lie with me
in the deer beds

We’ll warm our bodies next to
rising and drifting tendrils
of heat smoke from soft wildness

Come, lie with me
in the deer beds

We’ll awaken to the swoosh
of wings taking long flight from
these sacred earth mandalas

Come, lie with me
in the deer beds

Sarah RagsdaleSarah lives in South County, Rhode island where she studies creative writing with Grace Farrell at the Carolina Fiber & Fiction Center. She is also a founding member of Telling Tales: Writers & Illustrators of Children’s Books. After the loss of a loved one, Sarah spent a season walking the shoreline trails at Haley Farm in Mystic, Connecticut which inspired her to express her emotions poetically. Here she shares her belief in death as a birthing, and grief as a transcendent intertwine of loving, longing and letting go.

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