The Body is a Grotesque Place

Carly Xagas

 

the body is a temple?
no.

 

the body is
a grotesque place

 

with miles of intestines and
fat globs stuck to artery walls and
sweat pouring from pores

 

(to purify, of course)

 

but upstairs your buoyant brain is swimming
and barefoot you walk with hookworms hooking
microscopic viruses multiply

 

because

 

the body is a temple?
no.

 

the body is
a host

 

that feeds pesky parasites and
starving, desperate lovers and
the dehydrated ground when you die

 

(to fertilize, of course)

 

but inside your bones are rotting
and tendons are stretching
like languid aging rubber bands

 

because

 

the body is a temple?
no.

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