Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul (she/her/they/them) is a poet from Plantersville, South Carolina. She is the author & recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss. Soul is a 2021 Tin House Own Path Scholar.
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A wishbone branch falls
from my Grandma Thelma’s oak
What do you know about magic? e1 asks.
E bends e old body down, turns
the wishbone branch into
a cross, places it around my neck.
I am strapped at the Black River’s right shoulder,