Saturday, May 5, 2012

My audience is owls

Having been hanged for something
I never said,
I can now say anything I can say. 
Holiness gleams on my dirty fingers,
I eat flowers and dung,
two forms of the same thing, I eat mice
and give thanks, blasphemies
gleam and burst in my wake
like lovely bubbles.
I speak in tongues,
my audience is owls. 
My audience is God,
because who the hell else could understand me?
Who else has has been dead twice? 
The words boil out of me,
coil after coil of sinuous possibility.
The cosmos unravels from my mouth,
all fullness, all vacancy.
- Margaret Atwood, Half-Hanged Woman