To the Body

Enthroned in plastic, shrouded in wool, diamond crowned,

transported in aluminum shoe’d in synthetic rubber, fed by asparagus,

adored by all animals,

ear-lull’d by electric mantra rock, chemical roses acrid in the nose,

observant of large-nostril’d air factories, every crack of the skin kissed by

beloved grandmothers,

so man woman child are tender meat become consciously genital with the

shudder & blush of substance

adorned with hair at crotch and brain—beard on lion and youth by fireside.

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