Avery M. Guess
THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE
Easiest to think of it in terms
of science—of teeth and bone,
blood and tissue, muscle and fat.
Those trace elements.
Easier to not think of it at all—
to float above the plucked
cello string of my body.
Pretend I can fly off any time.
Harder to see the truth of it—
tea-kettle whistle nerves,
repeated thoughts in common time,
as practiced as scales or arpeggios.
Hardest to see the truth—
this body as more than just broken.
Its composition made intricate
and exquisite by experience.