Valerie Martinez: Bowl


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BOWL

Turn it over and look up
into the sphere of heaven.
The tracery is lucent,
light seeping through to write,
white-ink your face, upturned.
 
Swing it below
and it’s a cradle of blue water,
the sea, a womb.
A mixing bowl
for Babylonian gods.
Here, they whirl up the cosmos.
 
 
Pick it up and your hands
form a pedestal,
and all who drink
contain the arcs
of body and the universe—
and between them,
 
no imaginable tear or distance.

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