Broken Body

Go and repair those
Broken limbs
That torn face
And cracked smile

You are lying there
In the chalk outline of that day
Replaying a hazy memory
On the backs of your eyelids

Unclear whether your hands
And feet and legs
And lips are yours
Whether you, are yours

Stand and mend your
Ruptured appendix
Sew the slit in your chest
Sending blood into your stomach

Where things have gone to die
Where a lost chick
Has her fragile talons stuck in your flesh
And is beating against your ribs to escape

She is like you once were—
With broken limbs
A torn face
And cracked smile, trying to flee

Escape within an inch of her life
Clutching her chest as if
At any moment her bones would fissure
And the rushing river of her would come spilling out

Pluck her from my chest
And sew up her mangled wings
Straighten her crumpled legs
Reattach her beak and set her free

Pull yourself from the trench
Wipe blood and earth from your skin
Wash yourself anew in the water of your mothers
Rebuild your broken body

© Ama Akoto (2018)

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