Where you came from

This poem won Honourable mention in the 2008 2-Day Poem Contest

I made a crude vessel, a trough my sweetheart.

Shiny pigs, the knives went rooting in the muck of me.

Thorax divided neatly, they nudged aside intestines braided thick,

the way we do your hair.


You lay in the midst my precious, a moist sienna fist.

In your anger you unfurled to howl your proof.

Then the muscled map refolded, bulkier than before,

men took a ragged filament and closed the edges of your door.

And there's more. Jugs of blood my darling, the inner glue.

Skin cells fluttering and nervous signals that rattle down the spine.

Ears and nose - the cartilage of attraction - and piercings:

Unexpected routes inside.


Oh it's a messy job beloved, and a strange soft pocket

for a soul.


Atop it all, the seething brain my angel, where your face remains

the indefinite article of my affection. I wrench myself awake from dreams

you still coil within, safe as a tongue in its groove.

Ah but things slip away from us, love.

You’ll come to know. And careful, when you buckle girl

which way you roll.

Published online June 01 2008.

This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.

Poem as Travelogue cover image

This piece was published in ‘Poem as Travelogue,’ the Summer 2008 issue of CV2.

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