New Organism [I want to think like a magi]
I want to think like a magi; the way stones underwater reflect grief. How images capture tone, and temperature of what is glimpsed. To glimpse why the root is made desperate by inability of its capture. Why, for instance, the word "woman" holds its own intention. One day on the street I found a fissure. I thought it was my sex. I thought it looked like the sea. An amoeba. I was not afraid to be seen. I was afraid to be dismembered. Do you see? The scene is one of red pooling into clear water. Men want to see you bleed, my mother said. Like a gutted fish, she said. Like a submerged memory. On the surface of the water I see an article. Perhaps the nuance is unintentional. Is it a verb? Is it a noun? The way female bodies surface. But I like the way a woman looks possessed, like a new organism under water.
Copyright © 2013 by Andrea Rexilius. Used with permission of the author.
Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine Editions, 2012).
Date Published: 2013-01-15
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/new-organism-i-want-think-magi