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Blessed babies gather in its bag of waters until the very moment
they enter this plane. Saved & placed under the bed of the dying
it lubricates the channels back. Sweat is the best we can do
in our sorcery of lard & ash.
Avoid inhaling fumes, ventilate.
Cover your eyes. Mix vigorously.
Egyptians recorded as remedy & protection what we regard as hygiene.
Like babies & the dying traversing the same plane, different directions.
Invention is a kind of lie we are gifted. God is a chance we take. After all
frontier women, too, hovered over cauldrons creasing their hands, yet plague.
darlene anita scott is a poet and visual artist. Her poetry appears most recently in Rock! Paper! Scissors!, Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Stonecoast Review, and Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge), a volume she co-edited with Drs. Emily Ruth Rutter, Sequoia Maner, and the late Dr. Tiffany Austin. scott’s art has appeared most recently in Barren Magazine, Auburn Avenue, and The Journal. scott lives in Richmond, Virginia. “Making Soap” was previously published in a different form.