‘Ode to this Body’

you walk upright

walk right through water

turn upside down

inside out

savor and digest living things, even carrots

tackle hills

ignore wind

stand when assaulted

curl into a ball and chase dreams, like a sleeping puppy chasing birds

oh the weights you’ve shouldered

the fine motor skills mastered

the coordination to drive a stick shift

shift thoughts into words

convert diaphragm’s breath into song

you are older today, still older next week

take your rest

sip your soup

breathe normally as long as normality is possible

remember every place you’ve been

every mile you would take back


trace the scars on your skin, not lovely

but oh

every exposed nerve loved