Igneous (II) by Yakari Rosales

Igneous (II)
Yakari Rosales

I once spent time inside
a volcano.

The lava seeped into
my pores
until I too became
anticipating an eruption,
feeling the overwhelming
pressure sitting atop my shoulders
while the angry heat
became suffocating.

And then it happened
after the tension in my body
had stretched me thin.

I exploded—
but it wasn’t a disaster.

I had released the weight
on my chest that made it hard
to breathe while the
magma in my blood cooled
and although it was unnerving,
my whole landscape changed.

I am living in the
igneous aftermath.

Yakari is a queer Latinx makeup artist who loves flowers and watching sunsets with warm people.

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