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There, Now That's Better by Caroline Plasket

Once, my body was the Red Sea,

and I was Moses, only Moses was

 

a woman and she screamed into the water,

and it split unilaterally. From her

 

midline she pulled with an arm, not a staff,

the head of humanity. She cradled the warm,

 

red life with intention—the way

a midwife feels for the cliff of fundus. And then

 

the waters closed. There was the salty

expanse of sea—they were on

 

it, not in it, and her body was bread. Was Jesus

the myth of a woman who softened under

 

the delicious, pink, wet pallet of life,

in the milky ocean of saliva? We have

 

drifted       the slow evolution to the shore. Where

the child faces me

 

before drinking me into herself.


Caroline Plasket's poems have been recently published or are forthcoming in Compose, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Bookends Review, Qwerty, IDK, and The Hollins Critic, among others. She was a fall 2016 mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program. 

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