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Out of Body Experiences

At first it's not much different from being
separated from the class on a field trip,
and it's fun to look down from the cream
ceiling and see the big bruised body.
So will it be the Sylvania showboat,
or a hedge of yawning relatives?

Everything gets to vote: shapely brain,
cowering genitals, deep branch of ulna,
palatine canal, glands of Bowman,
the scars, the sweat. And time after time
we choose the light rungs and descend
willingly to enter the blossoming flesh.

- Ron Koertge

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