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from the November 2011 issue

Bird’s Nest

Luminous missionaries
our sexual bodies
perfect as a bird's nest
carnivorous, incomparable.
The bodies of virgins
hold all the dreams
the honeyed bodies of whores
hold all the men

The bodies of ladies hold
one man and charm thousands

The bodies of dust of the dead
where worms sigh

The bodies of pregnant women
brimming with knowledge of creation
The world created through a circle.  

“Nido de pájaros” © Aurora Arias. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2011 by Erica Mena. All rights reserved.

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