he/they, heathen

SAGE

……..lo
a genderless body is flung into the slippage of a timeline
…….lo the timeline, lo the body w/out form
……..……..…….., when i stare into the void
……………………i am staring @/anarchy of time
present & past & future consummating like
a bird presenting for a female to propagate the species
……..……..…….., when i say ‘i look into the void’
……..……..……..the void is both present in my single form &
……..……..……..in every form i never took:
a girl in a yellow church dress, a rook perched on a cellar door
……..……..…….., fiber-optic cables spun into cat’s cradle shapes:
……..……..……..……..……..diamond; my name; a tower; starburst
……..lo the starburst flung first @/creation @/me
……..lo like, my internet is slow as shit &
……..……..……..……..……..can someone plz show up to fix it?
a girl in a yellow church dress, a rook flying against the blue sky
……..……..……..diamond; a tower; starburst; my name
……..lo the past-present, the ‘just before u got here’
……..……..…….., but u were in the other room being
……..another being of equal humanity (so u said)
a girl in a yellow church dress catches a rook in her bare
……..……..……..hands, eats it feather by rakish feather
……..……..……..until her bracken sunhat slips
into a sewergrate for all the sunless creatures
to stare @/awestruck until one steps forth &
…………….declares this the second coming of their god
……..…………….& all the creatures fall to praise

SAGE is an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow at St. Mary’s College in California. Their work appears in Empty Mirror, North American Review, Penn Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Find them on Twitter @sagescrittore.