Jasmin Ziegler

CURSIVE

womb, a kiln

akin to their

molten

moments

the final product

shaped by the composition and preparation

of the bodies: a man and woman undressed

part of

the firing process includes

to sinter:

heating until the mass flows

together           they were born

cognate            they were born

cinder:

burning without flame

~

their twin words

flourished

signed

blood and bone

writing their flesh in cursive

conjoined

each wrist, ankle, knee, elbow

letters of their own alphabet

~

children           emblazoned

                         adorned

heraldic:

             the insignia of shared skin

such armorial               rouses

pomp and ceremony

a battle to begin with a rage of words

like freaks                     like monsters

~

in their muteness         the crowd saw an act

of mutiny

an urge to shunt           carve and cash them

                                        into curiosities           

words dismembered the twins

more than any knife

each forced phrase

an ax to their private arc

fear wound open their mouths

and words fled

like broken teeth         they spit at each other


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