ANATOMY LESSON

In the depths of my belly 
burns a spark– 

if I can reach that spark, 
I’ll find the passage down, 

down into the cave 
of beginnings 

where limbs multiply, 
where I see from every pore, 

where life runs all around 
and through me. 

If I let myself be submerged, 
I can embody this First Being 

and breathe into all
our luscious dimensions. 

In my body lives this galaxy, 
these billions of galaxies– 

like the strands of my hair, 
the cells of my blood. 

Every electron 
orbiting its sun 

and me, breathing 
in a figure eight.