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The Night Prince - Chapter 5Chapter Five
In Which Lucia Explores The Mansion
Lucia spent the remainder of the daylight hours exploring. First, she familiarized herself with her room. There was a small writing desk with a quill and a stack of blank papers. There sat on this desk a bottle of ink as well. However, it was dry and quite old. This made no difference to Lucia, as she did not know how to read or write and did not believe she needed to learn. She had navigated the world without too much difficulty for over fifteen years, and she couldn't imagine that her lot in life might be improved by acquiring the ability to communicate with those not willing to speak with her directly.
On the other side of the room was an elegantly carved wardrobe. Lucia took a few moments to simply gaze upon the fine example of craftsmanship. She was reminded of a furniture maker from her home village and was saddened by the thought that sh
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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