Fascinating, the Parts of Us
that attain immortality before we do,
as if we’d sculpted ourselves into skyline
against the first gasp of night. I want to steal
the hair of everyone I’ve ever loved, shave it
right onto the pillow from their unsuspecting sleep
and carry it to the top floor of my obsession.
I have trouble letting go, it’s true. In an elevator, I’m
the last to push my floor, and I drink five bottles of water
at a time, scattered all over the house, afraid that if I finish
them, I’ll die. Same with books. Lately I’ve been
reading about President Antonio López de Santa Anna,
who ordered a full military burial for his
amputated leg. He dug it up
to transport from one home to another,
paraded it in an ornate, royal coach.
I dream of sparrows lifting the ten pounds
I lost last spring to the sun, pinking the edges of the city
with what I used to be. Body that I can barely keep up with,
you owe me nothing, not even your parts. Yet, I’m so hungry
for the vanishing lamps of your intelligence
I could eat my own tail,
I could pull my own lightning from the sky.
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