Spinal Secrets

Spinal Secrets

for
each
life
a
single
storyline
between
each
vertebra
coded
secrets
revealed
only
through
questioning
listening
through
time
locked
in
the
braided
bone
chamber
of
my
spine
an
archive
I
now
return
to
recalling
experiences
dissolved
into
memory
fragmented
yet
not
lost
beyond
all
the
bending
twisting
shifting
extending
I
have
done
since
those
intersections
in
my
life
chapters
buried
in
cells
wrapped
in
tissue
attached
to
bone
my
body
is
my
witness
every
second
every
choice
every
wound
and
subsequent
scar
every
promise
every
regret
every
dream
or
desire
I
cannot
forget

for
each
life
a
single
storyline
a
yearning
for
home
certainly
mine


from Truth is both spirit and flesh (Lotsha Publications, 2008), © Malika Ndlovu 2008, used by permission of the author

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