“Let It Be Known” by Ansel Elkins

“Wearing nothing but snakeskin boots,
I blazed a footpath,
the first radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.

When I came to those great flaming gates of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold between Paradise and Earth.

There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden side.

I shook awake—at once alive in a blaze of green fire.

Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.

I leapt
to freedom.”

by Ansel Elkins

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