Thursday, 5 November 2009

Spirit Bottle

Here is a body,
a container
of the correct proportions,
a little long perhaps,
a little thin.
Here are sinews,
muscles, bones,
coils and strings
of red and white;
hard, turned sticks
and ivory dowels;
the threads of veins.
Here is a centre,
a lump of a heart
to jig, to flex,
for the rhythm
in the dancing.
Here are lungs
to squeeze,
to wheeze,
airbags, a throat
for the singing.
Here everything moves,
quivers, pulses,
trills, resounds.
Here's a home for a spirit,
fill it, fill it.

1 comment:

  1. I wrote this piece while working as Poet in Residence at the Museum of Witchcraft in April/May 2010 and it first appeared Museum's website. I've cunningly back-posted it here to keep a separate copy.