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WtPBP: Chapter 4Chapter 4
Cassies Enemy, Akaraks Victim
The canopy shaded the forest floor below, but that did not spare Cassie from suffering the heat. The trees closed around her suffocating her breath, which took in unseen moisture straight to her lungs, choking her with every step. It was in short; hot, sticky, and miserable. Sweat poured from her skin, fusing with the wetness of the rainforest, attracting bugs and dirt to settle uncomfortably upon her damp flesh.
600 miles, that is what these creatures wanted her to walk, damn near 600 miles! Shed never make it! Cassie was in shape from her years of working with animals and her short time in Africa, but this this was crazy! she had never trekked this far on foot before.
Her throat was not dry, but her body ached for some form of drink. The threat of dehydration loomed over her with every drop of sweat lost. She panted heavily her body tired and her legs on the brink of failing her. It had only been 1 day. 1 long
IowaIf you visit Iowa,
you'll call her fields empty,
but she wasn't born that way.
A part of her was carved out
when she was ripped between Virginia
and the purple mountains of New Mexico.
Her gold hair, she tore it out when she realized
it didn't make her a princess.
She laid her locks strung along every road
leading somewhere else.
White hairs on her cheeks
are scars from winter.
Her hair darkens with the dampness
of summer rains.
The storms are never silent,
but neither is life when there's a tear
in your childhood where
a parent ought to be.
I've been flooded by Iowa's sorrow.
The only way I can distract her from her own voided landscape
is if I hate myself harder than she cries.
She just wants to fly
and I want to bus or train,
not because I fear death, but because
I want to take living slow.
It's the only way I ever feel.
From the air it's hard to watch Earth's hips move.
But Earth can't compare to the country.
That's my girl.
Full grown even when harvesting season's j
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