Cuerpo

By Liza Sparks

“…nada hay más misterioso que el destino de un cuerpo…”

“…there is nothing more mysterious than the destiny of a body…”
E.M. Cioran

there is no atlas to this land –

you may lose yourself

within the forests & sculpture

of skin.

it is a sacred place –

bleeding rosary beads

from the rivers of its fingertips.

there is a religion in the mundane.

holy! holy! holy! touch

is a miracle. the Body is god.

lord hear our prayer –

may we collide with one another. touch

is a miracle. the Body is god.

lord hear our prayer –

may we collide with one another. touch

is a miracle. the Body is god.

lord hear our prayer –

may we live in flesh

& not in shadow. touch

is a miracle. the Body is god.

lord hear our prayer –

if we do not collide in life,

let us collide in death. touch

is a miracle. the Body is god.

lord hear our prayer –

may we, oh Body,

collide with one another.

amen.


Liza Sparks is a poet, educator, and creative. She is a multiracial (of mixed Japanese, Indigenous, and European ancestry), pansexual woman living and writing in Colorado. Liza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Poetry from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Community Education from Goddard College. Her most recent print publication was in Stain’d Arts Magazine. Liza was a finalist for Denver’s Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop Emerging Writer Fellowship in Poetry 2019 and a semifinalist for Button Poetry’s Chapbook Contest 2019. She is interested in art as a pathway to authentic expression, healing, and collective liberation.

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