Self-Portrait as Mastodon Remains
the skull has been punched once twice eleven thousand years later, the paleontologistfits another tusk into the holes & sees what damage the mouth can wreakonce upon an epoch, one mastodon bleeds out & another one has a killer toothachemastodon, no one ever told you that a hairy coat hides all the blood or that the headweeps from any hole it sees fit to when your bones are resettled in the flooddo not mourn the scattering of jaw from rib & hasn’t the heart always begged free of the tonguewhen they find what remains of your mouth, smile finally revealed despite the blue effort of glaciermastodon: the words breast + tooth in Greek that was my last kiss my best kiss
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