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Franjola, SL, Lover (Invocation)

FRANJOLA, SL

SL Franjola
Age: 15, Grade: 10

School Name: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York, NY
Educator: Joy Franjola

Category: Poetry

Lover (Invocation)

Frailbodied,
Lover, I revere you
O muse give him the sweetest parts of me
leave the bitter and mechanical
leave me my salt laced tongue
to be eaten with morning tea

Chew, swallow, don’t taste.
Write, sing, don’t speak.
O muse, give him all the color in me
leave me my lifeless, my blacks and greys
give him everything bright

O muse
give him all of me.
Lay my bones at his feet
and let him trace his signature
into the marrow
let him trace the divots in my skin

to remind me what was there
before I gave
to hold or burn or love
or all three
love me
(love, me)