After ‘Vile Bodies’ at White Rabbit Gallery
The woman in POOR GODDESS has a body like me.
I’m in the WONDERFUL CITY.
Walking around, I see a
hip and leg wrapped around a whale
starshaped arrangement of limbs
hippos suspended on raised platform
this city is ugly
I should leave.
I guess it would be fitting to describe my body here.
nothing to hide
hips in the wrong place
wish my T-shirt fit the way it does
on the young M volunteer
need to work-out
the young F volunteer
is wearing those boots I wanted last year
her legs look so tiny
mine need muscle to play football.
Hers are muscley too but slight
The first time I had heard ‘they’ with my name after ‘her’.
I said the second felt more right
her arm across my body
I think about the time we ran
she put the netball in my hand
and showed me how to move
in three steps
ankles matter just as much
Bodies are vessels but mine does not float well.
I sit with the NEW BOOK OF MOUNTAINS AND SEAS
Think of my tits, itchy under
I follow the narrative as it speaks to me
Shovel bodies into a pit
create an ash pile
Rats skate down the tunnel
The stars don’t go back
As soon as you think of leaving, leave