Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tina Demirdjian: Worm Biology

In the school science book, two earthworms
nestled together, so their clitella

were touching–closer to one another
than I had been to anyone,

at 16, I was like an inside out shirt,
squirmy in my seat,

my eyes stared at the attachment of two worms
like a human suction cup,

the teacher’s words fell through the cracks
in the floor: reproduction, ovulation, anticipation,

and my head turned to look at my classmate
who listened, too, her pregnant belly

at the edge of the desk:  how she had known
all of this too soon.

1 comment:

Gerry Boyd said...

Bravo! Great mix of image and metaphor.