the hair: its toothed iron sheets, its lacquered walls
the elbow: its never-gloved, stair-stepped midtown tunnel

the ear: its widespread auricle, its tin cup held out to the ocean
the hip: its switchback curves and wings; its carved, vacated cradle

the muscle: its wild-haired resident tailor with deteriorating eye
the ankle: its heeled oscillations and dreams of immortality

the brain: its limbic planets, its wells of desolation and nostalgia
the skin: its fires and disasters, its basement telephone exchange  

* symptoms; Tagalog

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