Wednesday Poem

One Day, Feeling Hungry

One day, feeling hungry, I swallowed the moon.
It stuck, like a wafer, to the top of my mouth,
dry as an aspirin. It slowly went down,

showing the gills of my vocal cords,
the folded wings in my abdomen,
the horrible twitch of my insect blood.

Lit from inside, I stood alone
(dark to myself) but could see from afar

the brightness of others who had swallowed stars.

by Gwyneth Lewis
from Zero Gravity
Bloodaxe Books, 1998