Something About the Body

I keep waking up with headaches. I don’t know

what this means. Last night in the bathroom mirror

my skin turned transparent; I read my veins like rivers

on a roadmap, puckered with goosebumps,

woke with a cramp in my jaw. I keep dreaming

all my teeth are falling out. I think that means

I’m afraid of abandonment, or is that falling?

Right from the start you were famished,

my mother said to me one day on the phone,

as if I didn’t already know how much I could take

from someone if they’d let me, afraid

to take anything in case I never stop.

All afternoon in the magnolia the catbird

has been shrieking itself hoarse. At night, trains

rattle and wail past the house. Here comes another one.


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