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Bodies of Work
Could you satiate my bones, could you draw a parabola--parabola, that’s the word--
where my collarbone links to my sternum,
which shelters my gooey heart,
which lugs around my blood,
which masquerades as my thoughts...
and this is the house that Jack built, here’s the old lady who swallowed a fly.
Realizing I’d gotten too old too fast, I fell asleep one night
exhausted from wiping the aftertaste of my sobs and laughs
out of toilet bowls.
Gaps of sunlight shining between fingers
where other fingers used to go.
Maybe you’ll run richer than the marrow and understand this,
get this thing which can’t be gotten
because therein lies the pine taste in the mango,
the inside jokes we have with ourselves.
Colleen Foster is a bilingual writer, artistic dabbler, tea server, and ball of quirks who graduated from Shenandoah University with Bachelor's degrees in English in Spanish. While there, she was Assistant Managing Editor of The 'Doah, the student-run newspaper, during which time she won a 3rd place in Feature Story Writing from the Virginia Press Association (VPA). In February 2013, she presented "Glimpses of the White Woman in Three Novels by Mexican-American Authors" at the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) & Affiliates’ 21st National Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her movie reviews were previously published at ChesterMagazine.com. She is a yogurt conoisseur.
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