every night, i pray for a sword sharp enough, and a soft heart

in a dream

my hunters are slain


in a dream

repenters meet exile


in a dream

their surrender

softens us all,

rare as it is


glistening with sweat and tears,

bodies sway, filling the empty left

our feet are heavy,

the only relief

is the stillness of love,

the bed of rest it offers,

and that it’ll all be over soon.

Lluvia Bello is a Black, multi-racial, and trans fae from along the Rio Grande border towns. He’s a multi-disciplinary artist, grief and death cultural worker, and flutist, who explores themes of justice and revenge in the aftermath of abuse to dive into what oppression renders forbidden and unspeakable.
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