What is the shape of your body?
I’ve always thought of my body as / I’ve never thought of my body as:
1. A shape shifter,
I am loved and threatened, predator and prey.
2. An hourglass,
anything but an hourglass.
3. A mystery, deep as the ocean,
only a small part has been explored.
4. A space-time continuum,
I am lost. never-ending. empty. full.
5. A black hole,
swallowed up, never seen again, never existed anyway.
6. A safe haven,
this is home.
7. A temple,
with paintings on walls, some yet to be worshiped.
8. A thing.
9. A piece of light, of darkness,
radiant, but scared.
10. A medical marvel,
on the outside. Cut me open, look inside, stitch me back up, leave the scars.
and Mine. alone.
A skin that is not mine, and yet only mine,
Red, cherry-stained lips and hazelnut eyes,
Blue toes, green hopes, pink cheeks, insides: undetermined.
I watch limbs move through the abyss of
bodies that swim through the air, the sea,
a symphony of heartbeats, mine the loudest
and the softest, pinpoint mine: undetermined.
suffocating me. freeing me.
I choose not to think about my body / I choose only to think about my body.