“Wear White at Your Initiation”
When I stepped out of my skin,
muscle and sinew and internal organs
all exposed to the elements,
I felt freer than ever before,
everything held together by force of will
I never worried about the lack of blood
I was too busy soaring across a canyon
then diving into the sea, legs kicking like
dolphin tail, swimming through submerged sun streams
New skin was waiting for me
when I leapt from the pool
White deerskin was waiting for me
on the other side of renewal.
This was the beginning.