Blue Body

Issue 11 | Winter 2023 |



When the shape of a man is cut from blue construction paper
is the paper form more human or the void left behind?

Tracing the interior of the head—meaning
the void’s head—tells us much of the cut;

it’s smooth, & painless, & if they weren’t blue
nobody would see the sparse fibrous strands

recalling the departed phantom. He, who
skipped away on strong full-fibered

blue legs. It’s best not to dwell on the wanderer
as we cannot touch their blue body, their blue

mind & organs. Instead, swallow the diluted water
spreading in the void’s body. Can you hear

the slow permeation? How spatial negation swells
until reverberation dilates to silence.