for new veins

if you could write three words on your insides / for the person doing the autopsy to find / where would you write them? / would you do it even if it meant feeling / all of it? / i take two nails / incise across the length / of my 6th rib / peel the slab / cardinal red / inscribe three words / for new veins / the pain takes my hand from me / i see a body materialise in a church / a language does not take two people to build / a language does not take people to build / what is language if not tying a wrapper around your back / splinting a body upright / with the weight of a child so much sweeter than you

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