Self Portrait as Mouthpiece of God
in most versions I am impossible, flesh immolated by the hot voice of a calling angel: not sybil, never a throat for any wise man or lord’s speech, though I too was once congealed blood, a mere clot, and I too became a clump of sinew, then grew a body of man though I am no man nor prophet, not an oracle nor beautiful enough to tongue a slip of revelation. my hair is palmed and pulled, my form lithe, obedient and so kept vacant. I heed all commands. I bear the brunt, someday even a child, and once a mother paradise will beckon from beneath my ordinary feet. no, not mouthpiece, but gaping cervix, marrow blown from the hollow neck of a bone, though still a message worth hearing.