River is a legal woman

River is girl on a woven coconut mat
Awaiting her body’s flower to unfold.

Do not shred the flower to paper bits.
She will rise from a coconut leaf mat

And leave snakes of genitals bloody
And smarting in the unzipped pants .

(A court in Uttarakhand in India gives the rivers Ganga and Yamuna the legal status of living human beings)

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