TayMarie Lorenzo

Body Breaks

when the body breaks itself
the tiny fragments do one of two things:

1)    they dissipate into
       the fragile space
       that broke the body
       in the first place

2)    they dart off
       in all different directions
       and in seconds
       coalesce back together
       as a separate, new entity

I remember a lover’s body
breaking in front of me
the fragments
fluttering around like
                       confetti skin
                               confetti hair
                                       confetti genitals

and I thought
I should grab the
precious modicum
mix the particles
with water and glue
mummify my lover into a
paper mache person
crack it in half
press it against my ear

call out
                  hellooo
               listen
            for the
         ocean

but instead
all I could do
was think about
how the strangest thing
the body can do
is become a stranger to itself
and the most
horrific thing I could do
would be to interrupt
the intimate moment
my lover’s body was having
without mine

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TayMarie Lorenzo is an Undergrad at Missouri State University and currently serves as an Assistant Editor for Moon City Review.  Find her on Instagram @tayymmarie.

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