The Vulnerability of Order
for Elaine Equi
Caves, here, contain dead / live snakes, some keys, for instance, have holes or, the transgressive guardian, mind with wings beneath. She felt the urge to send musk-confects, Across the Straits of Gibraltar Interior, private floods, neshamah (Jewish soul), food with cinnamon curry, Here, Sea goddess hosts aquatic monsters Traipse rabble of spooks & devil's marionette. She attends lectures on anatomy, Explores the yolk sac, our centerpiece, Primitive heart. Her Secret breath sounds the confident demons Attune atonement a vowel an opening to the divine God resides in the odd Clamor, the Ein Sof Female indwelling (pre-seance) Oldest mystery of my ear Opening the door shutters where message is married Wind between heaven & , word & lip Lived both forward and compassion om mani padme hum How moment follows movement She is bemidbar or in the desert With bubbe meise (a grandmother tale) Law without vowel Rooking planet-strooken For this woman, paralyzed and word-full, Chained to a mobile home with its process narrative, God is the one who counts Numbers, days, seductions, bones Inscribed in body. Outside She's drowning, weeping Will stop at nothing for time Her voice, the wandering part of her flesh In the Old/New Synagogue In parchment, in hieroglyph.
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Date Published: 2000-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/vulnerability-order