chin pu (mimetic consumption), a poem

chin pu mimetic consumption duck stretching on rock

Chin Pu  (Mimetic Consumption)

 

(originally published in Blue Fifth Review)

 

The duck on her rock performs a slow dance,

stretching leg and wing she could be flying

but her eyes are steady upon mine.  If I eat

 

her will I possess her grace?  If I dry her bones,

pound them to powder will I ever be able to fly?

China being the oldest civilization, wouldn’t you think

 

there is truth in this idea?  Snake blood is the cheapest

aphrodisiac — the glossy firmness of the snake around

my arm makes me remember every time I’ve been

 

touched.  Panicked by my lust, the snake twists

and defecates, a runny yellow soup emerging

from a shocking red anus which for a moment

 

seems like blood.  Yet the snake’s eyes never

flinch from mine.  If I roast this body on a wood fire,

will I too be able to penetrate the entire world

 

with my stare?  Emotions come from an older place

than thoughts — the duck, the snake and I share

more than breath, more than mere life.  We feel,

 

therefore we are.  It’s not so easy with people.

Even if it weren’t forbidden, could I process

your body for consumption? Could I use all your parts,

 

not waste a drop?  Aren’t we all waiting to be eaten?

Somewhere, those I love would season me with care,

value my flesh for the qualities they’ve learned to see —

 

not grace, not smooth strength, but constant

restless longing, the mind completely open,

forever curious.  Don’t hesitate — swallow me whole.

 

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4 responses to “chin pu (mimetic consumption), a poem

  1. Made me think of Annie Dillard, a mystical connection w/ the natural world. Have you read her?

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  2. Snakes, the serpent power. The subtle energy rising from the base of the spine up to the crown of the head, the Kundalini, which sages have described as a serpent rising and as a Goddess.

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