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ONCE UPON A TIME BY ADEN THOMAS Somewhere the world begins. A book opens. A toddler stands. The air smells like cinnamon. A man lies in the branches of a cottonwood tree. He notices the leaves flow like waves just before they glide into the shore. A seagull, thinking he’s an albatross, flies into the fist of circumpolar winds. Spanish syllables let loose their hounds. Soon you’re running with the pack gathering dandelions under the moonlight. A poet swallows lava. The legend opens true. His tongue forks lighting. A old woman takes her last breath. Her hand opens. A white carnation blooms inside her palm.
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