Basic alchemy sign: a star inside a square
inside a circle. When I trace shapes

in sand, nothing happens; Dad and I never
went to the beach together. If I sketch the sign

on wallpaper, his Autocad drawings fill up
my notebook—how to reroute a gas line,

how to build a footbridge
out of rubber. When I

tattoo a star inside a square
on my thigh, white blood cells

make new shapes in my irises:
a catcher’s glove, a hospital bed, the word gold

in one eye and the word marrow in the other.

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