13 Ways to Play with Your Body

by India Moore


Pretend    you do not have a body.

Become transparent silk    only felt    and not seen.

Picture your own bone marrow.

Picture plucking milky white teeth from gum.

Picture yourself in the trees    making hand signal morse code
above a slantless    sun baked    field.

Touch yourself.

Pretend you do not have a body    only a heart.

Become a dancing figure    borne of other    slightly larger    dancing figures.

Picture yourself disappearing. Picture the forgotten trail of blood that brought you here.

Picture yourself thinner    and    taller
and     darker and     wider.

Touch your thick black happy trail on your thick Black happy body.

Pretend you are a ghost     and you do not exist at all    despite all of your



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