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Bone

by Anne Marie Macari

 

 

I know what it’s like to dig

but not find the bone

you are looking for. Buried

 

deep and tight as a knuckle

beneath the garbage

and rubble. If the tongue

 

had a bone, or if breasts

had artifacts buried

inside, beyond the milk

 

and ducts. If the eye had

the bone of sight locked

in its black interior,

 

old bone secretly given.

I step down onto the ancient

street of brick houses,

 

so many bricks they tint

the dark air. In the dead

city sleeping ash stirs

 

its powdery afterlife—

I have reached deep

I have turned my eyes away

 

so what I look for might find me,

take shape in my hand,

earth slashed down

 

to the bone, fingers scooping

black dirt, my whole arm

reaching inside.