Today's poem is by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
A body is not always everything we are taught
to expect. Functions of the self accommodated
into parts eyes, ankle, lobe, pelvis to orient us.
The whole is no secret. Toenails and hair as nodules
of enquiry so body is a text to acknowledge the self
that is not there. Many years we toil to be freed
from ornamentation. I do not determine the use
of the naked body except to suggest that weather
conditions be tracked. In an arena of absolutes,
the final destination is written in numbers.
What comes after is avoided like our fear
of tiny hairy creatures.
Copyright © 2009 Tsering Wangmo Dhompa All rights reserved
from Fourteen Hills
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