There Are So Many Things That Beg You For Love (excerpt)

What happens when the body is not the body you expected or desired,

What happens as a parent when the body that comes from you

or out of you is not what you expected.

What happens when that body never feels comfortable

in the world. What happens when that body wants to

leave the world by force. What happens when your dreams

for that body that came out of your body what happens when

those dreams disappear

What happens when our bodies are no longer active,

no longer in service, no longer in active service.

What happens when your body is no longer seen, disappears completely

What happens when your body is no longer reacted to

What happens when your body is no longer able

What happens when your able body is no longer regarded

What happens when your disabled body is no longer regarded

What happens when your body is no longer regarded

What happens to visibility

What happens when we are dead

What happens when we are dead from the body up

What happens when we are alive from the head up

What happens to the rest of the body
What happens to the rest of the body
What happens to the rest of the body
What happens to the rest of the body

{To read the rest of this piece, please purchase Issue 39.1.}

 

Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of one novel, Our Prayers After the Fire (Blue Square Press, forthcoming) and three chapbooks, most recently Baby-Doll Under Ice (Hyacinth Girl Press, forthcoming). She is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.

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