I will not retain you in my arms more than the necessary,

just the moment to slow the pulses

and regain my breath.

Then I will release the embrace

you on your way

me to cultivate my orchard of flipped-out hearts.

Annika Pettini (Italy, 1990-), from the collection Luci d’Autunno 2018, translated by Slow Words, originally published (in Italian) on:

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