step

it has since coined a tone derogatory
to anyone found behind its description
a modifier of confusing relation
instead of mounting a new path

and it has attached to you
not unlike the siliceous slipper
that remained on temporary princess foot
the other lost to all but one who didn’t care
that it was once warmed by subordinate flesh

but within its DNA comprised of licit relation
is a meaning since made clearer
by the way you wear it well as my kin
not by blood, that cellular genealogy
though I’d spill mine in your defense

it is by love instead I’ll call you mine
and raise the tone and connotation
of this little word that describes what happens
first before one learns to run

-e

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