- after Kiki Smith
i. The Mother Tells the Child
Take this key for your pink pocket.
Finger the curve, girl. A good weight
in the palm—these flesh teeth—fit
the lock of bone, unfasten
Eyes/ ears/ hands/ snout
—red thread, hunger
unspool along the cool even tile.
Skinned. Eat it up.
Stars/scat Chew, chew.
Crone/child/ Whole girl.
ii. The Mother Shows Her
To find what lives
Look to the liver Sheath
under bone, to skin
Lung, womb— lymphatic
home Like this: It's how I know
From earth to breath I'm here
This vascular map—pump
From blood from food
NOTE: While the imagery of the poem as a whole takes inspiration
from Kiki Smith's work generally, part ii of the poem refers specifically
to her piece, "How I Know I'm Here."