Self-portrait as snow globe

The day before the mobile
     X-ray van comes to our school,
the word that circulates is
     Drink a full glass of milk
in the morning,
to make sure
     the pictures taken of our lungs
are clear--- Meaning white, un-
     blemished, a veil of snow fallen  
over the thin, serrated branches
     of upside down trees inside
the cage of our ribs. How amazing
     it is, what we look for inside
the clasped silences of our bodies:
     how they tell us what to do
as we tap on the dome to watch
     its weathers materialize.


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