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Lo Shuís Magic Square*

Go on, river
roil! We give you
permission, unbind

your chains
be still now,
this tortoiseshell spell
will ever keep our fields safe
constrained with chains of will,

untouched and unflooded.

Deborah L. Davitt

*The following numbers supposedly were found on the back of a turtle, and gave people the power to control a riverís waters:

4               9                 2     
3               5                 7

8               1                 6

Deborah L. Davitt's favorite numbers are all dates derived from historical occurrences in this dimension and alternate realities. You can find more about her work at her website,