Genesis

by Tamsin Smith

under homespun cover
things not visible
impress the more
by their lack of need 
to merchandize the unexplored
 .
regard the vast buttressed 
iridescent artistry 
of red abalone 
which occurs internally 
or at least within
 .
his hinged shell of home
or hers whose domed contours
capture —what 
vast Sistine cravings
we can only guess
.
their baroque devotion
biomineralized
distilled to abstraction
sea\sky cloud\bed
crystallized
 .
choreography
ruffle-tongue leaning
to lobe\muscle
volcada
 (ergo: lingo
reserved for nacre\d confession) 
 .
spiral-spoken supplications
—here is the chapel
—here the steeple
hearts hidden at the apex
of otherworldly sealings
 .
fingers near-touching
in the beginning
we lit nights
end to end 
like chain smokers

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