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Michael Keshigian: Rebirth

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Art by Joseph Richkus 2023

REBIRTH

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

Mindless, aimless,

devoid of harm,

somehow an amoeba

ingested me,

wrapped its protoplasmic

single cell

around my world

with one pseudopod stroke

and stuffed me into

a vacuole

where I was maintained

with digestive acids

that burned my skin

and cleansed

with random enzymes

that floated in front

of my eyes,

my psyche reduced

to its lowest denominator,

a fraction of the computation

that was me.

I lost my arms and teeth,

my laugh and travails,

left with only a nucleus

until mitosis,

when I was born again

with a gelatin brain

and no definite shape.

ready to ingest

without prejudice.

 

 

Michael Keshigian is the author of 14 poetry collections, his latest, What to Do With Intangibles, released by Cyberwit.net. Most recent poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Blue Pepper, California Quarterly, Misfit Magazine, and Tipton Poetry Journal. He has been published in numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer in twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 3 Best Of The Net nominations.

Joseph Richkus is an enthusiastic illustrator, photographer, writer, and reader. He has been an essential oil perfumer for more than 20 years, and has worked as a history teacher, chemist, security guard, and circus canvasman. He bemoans the limits of time and regrets that he is not 10 people, one of whom would happily devote every waking hour to reading the Sunday New York Times.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023