Black Moon Lilith: 10

This is not another snag at my mother,

I scan the contours of my pelvis

 

from a wide set mirror.

I am bathing but I have stood up.

 

We had a circular cutting board—

the mid drift of an adolescent tree,

 

 a slice of deli ham, the smallest ringlets

dense, wiry bone.

 

I would bathe in the V between her legs,

resting a wet elbow on her freckled knee.

 

She would scatter valentine candy or whatever

was left, dusty pink and red hearts

 

on the floating block: a snack for the chore.

When I bend a knee my bones frame my ass

 

almost as beautiful as her shapes,

the skeleton, my first home on this planet.

 

Today I am proud.

Her mind shifts with alertness, bright, keen

 

a birth from a crystal, a cracked diamond

spills forth a vulnerability, porousness

 

a willingness to receive my emails

and donate to community organizers.

 

The extra months of heat made rot

and let decaying beasts roam

 

with hot blood in their nostrils.

Is also encouraged a few more lavender buds

 

to bloom from my mothers’ ears, listening.

She will catch up and join us soon.