9/30: the woods found within this body*

 

“the woods found within this body”

-from Half of What They Carried Flew Away,

 Andrea Rexilius*

 

my trust issues a clog

in my heart spell

small blisters

 

rainbow cuts

in the landscape

 

my leg undergrowths

spirochetes & chasms

having irregular hairs

 

in between breasts

my thunder belly

landslide

 

mortar, then –

the sticking nest of

desire for something

 

else not a marriage

not a lichen

though we did walk in

those woods

together for a time

 

All light melted

I was magma

Damaged tissue

Debriding

 

 

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mellielib

Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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