you slipped into your flesh suit,
its rosy padding, and zipped it up,
little latch throbbing in your throat?
A slide of light, sip of mother blood-
breath? Until you loosed the pulsing
cord to swim into this next world—
passage to desire. Incarnate, yielding
to succulence and savor—crush
of almond marzipan upon the tongue,
ooze of cool mud between toes
in August’s sweat-dogged days,
even blood’s salt sting licked from
the paper cut—all addictive. Once
elected, there’s no turning back from
the body’s habit, which is to say,
habitation, package wrapping that
first sip or slide, earth-lured and fiercely
clinging to vessel, to bone and flesh—
bloomed, wounded—harried, healed—
willing neither to perish, nor to pine for
the bland and dimming memory of Paradise.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.
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