I have given life to two children
I have exhaled all my words
I am all written out of poems.
My Japanese ink paintings are modest
They’ve long been made into paper airplanes.
Here I stand like a leafless tree basking in the nonchalance of autumn.
I draw my vigour from the earth
I squint at the antediluvian depths I have recreated and revived.
I blink out of three pairs of eyes
(The plastic crow on my balcony never blinks – I became disenchanted with doves a long time ago
Flight for me is a flight of stairs.
Watch me carry haikus in my bags as I climb.)
I run my fingers through my hair and pear blossoms fill the floor.
Are you emboldened, literati?
How do you rank against my writing?
I’ve been composing multicolored ribbons of DNA and have mastered
The secret cellular alchemy
Of original thought. And original being.
I’ve been weaving balls of synapses into lyrical epics and dramas
Perfecting my bildungsroman for generations to come.
I have fleshed out my heroes (my villains, too!)
And catapulted glitter into the night sky.