Her mother was a believer of stars and planets, how they lined up
just before birth, whirlwinds of gas and energy pulling, knowing
she was coming. They knew she would be spewed out into the earth’s atmosphere at a certain time, a certain place, her neonatal skin blue 
with hesitation. Her small wail heralded her birth as she crossed the veil,
though she was a single traveler who wasn’t sure she wanted to live.
“You chose this life,” her mother reminded her, with accusation, 
 when the pain of living breeched, her roar against an invisible enemy tore
at her chest, her fingers wanting to rip the bleeding life force from her being,
she clung to trees, and stone, and  ocean to tether her to this tangible breath
of the world, still believing that there was work for her to finish.