After Ocean Vuong
What becomes of the girl
no longer a girl? Dearest Mother,
the stretch marks from my once-breasts
to their new tectonic flats.
But you can always find hints
of what used to be. Trust me,
it is more beautiful
this way, to look closely
at my body and name it things like:
Pangaea & history & so, so warm.
Look at me now
and see how blood
faithfully takes the shape
of its body,
too many questions.
Dearest Mother, how many rivers
did I run across your belly?
A poem where the form, theme, subject, style, or line(s) is inspired by the work another poet.
an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent) or thing (typically one that is personified)
a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered