Arms implying one another,
legs in alternation going south,
this swaying scaffold of bones
bears through fields
the head without a thought.
Blood floods the passageways,
the stomach grips its food,
the heart advances in darkness…
all while I walk,
shake hands, work the wash of events.
In seven years, they say, it is renewed:
each hair in its follicle,
each pore in its microbe dell.
Atom for atom, the valleys of my brain,
the long journey in my legs
A good occasion for improvement
you would think:
the same old scars,
all my mistakes preserved.
Once in his life
a man should know his body in its prime.
Dark drifts of hair,
the narrows of the waist,
the great junction of the thighs,
the torso lagged with muscle bronze.
The body's peak
on the long parabola from helplessness to helplessness.