idol adorned with eyelashes, fingernails, other half-alive
things. teeth & psalm, bitten and bless, so much bone.
a song, a jewel, to divine like omen
— how to begin this reckoning?
go to the river. mouth the shore. suck up the hum,
dust & dry & drifted. kneel in drained vein, restart &
the next morning, lumber on all thick with dirt, all
echoed movement, be gorge & ravine both. quake with
other lost bones. take rest among dust. break the bone,
first symmetry then silent. discard the marrow.
closet & bedside table, built in this vein, all whittle to
stump. fashion your own, sans wish, sans want, what
a thing to yearn. brush off the dust. become the bone.