My body is a temple to false gods:
A heart that breathes
Lungs that beat
My eyes are my prophecies and
Like the Sibyl
I pay for looking inward
When I look outward —
My skin crawls off my shoulders
When I look in the mirror.
Some monster has taken my shape —
Some God has given me
A distorted form —
I started out flesh and ended up feathers
Some would say that’s better
But is it, really
If I am Phaeton, too close to the sky
If I am Icarus, whose feathers are false
If I am a creature who loves the sea
And the smell of earthy rain
And the clay that I was made of?
My body is a temple to false gods
But I am my own idol
And I can desecrate my temple
However I want.
And the world,
I take Atlas by the throat
Watch the globe tip from his hands
And take it upon myself
To catch it.
It’s no more than a warm palmful
Compared to me.
I take myself
and my world
and shape them
With hands that no longer shake.