Do not mess with river

River has sinuous body and dark self
By night, where it curves about grass.

River gives no consent to a mass rape.
She is girl on woven coconut leaf mat

Awaiting her body’s flower to unfold.
Do not shred the flower to paper bits.

Do not mess with a river in its curves.
She will rise from a coconut leaf mat

And leave snakes of genitals bloody
And smarting in your unzipped pants .

(A court in Uttarakhand in India gives the rivers Ganga and Yamuna the legal status of living human beings)


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