O, unwanted messenger.
Vagabond Hermes,
herald of flesh.
First fraction of the body
to awaken with the sun.

O, hubris
of blood’s architecture.
Tower of Babel,
believing itself
for any tongue.

O, thumb
& forefinger encircling
you, a strange wedding
band. The body’s
proposal.

How you present this
skin-dowry. Vein-oath.
Offer forth a face
-less suitor for this
temporary union.

How you would call this
gender—a veil. My flesh
—dance of illusions.
Wed this body as man
-wife. Cock-bride.

You name me Salome,
my skin ribbons
into silk. I will dance
down to bones
& ask for your head.

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