30-Day Poetry: 23

Day 23—Write a seven line poem that begins with “it’s true that fresh air is good for the body” (from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria”) and ends with “this is our body” (from Gary Snyder’s “The Bath”).

The Body as Fluid
after Frank O’Hara and Gary Snyder

it’s true that fresh air is good for the body
living on such air alone could bring us closer
to the reason any of us are alive in the first place
thinking about the pieces of ourselves that we leave with others
manages to leave the body amorphous and fluid
fresh air brings us together, but it’s all right:
this is our body

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Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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