out of water, not a fish but
some animals are strangely finned. as in, close to extinct
as they cut through
to be finned means to have a winglike appendage.
spirits are gossiping: extinction is a terrifying word, don't you think?
when I tell the story, I let my audience look at the eye,
what do you believe, if you do not believe in sacrifice?
from the delivery bed, a friend says
at some point, we all pluck an eye.
in order to swim, you must
it might be this simple, but
to float, you must concentrate
my spirit-animal lays eggs.
it has taken my spirit-animal
because her imagination
of settling down,
but after many years
reconstructing it, the eggs
I'm afraid I'm no one
I wanted wings
it is so easy to hate
In the Kabbalah, the figure of the Shekinah (שכינה), represents the female divine presence of God. She is the feeling of God upon Earth (the soul). This poem is part of a series of long poems that investigate the mythology of the Shekinah, her imagined birth story and exile from God. Feminist Midrash inspiration: Alicia Ostriker's Nakedness of the Fathers.