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Aidan Forster is the blog editor of The Adroit Journal. His work appears in or is forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, Assaracus, DIALOGIST, Verse, Alexandria Quarterly, Souvenir Lit Journal, and on the HIV Here and Now website. 


In the beginning I snapped a wishbone
into uneven pieces. I cleaved 

the new earth into two bowls 
and circled them with the menstrual blood 

of my daughter, the milk from her breast. 
She fled, looked to be filled again.

I fed the first beasts with rivers of milk
and licked man from blocks of ice,

tongue parting the frost to reveal hair, head, body.
I taught man how to make houses, bodies

and how to make houses from bodies.
And we still practice today— forearm shelves,

railroad tracks from spines.
Man went in search of a being less full than himself 

and found my daughter.
And man filled the house and my daughter.

All the bodies said “It is good” and slept.
I tore pellets 

from the mouths of hills and watched 
the abundance of houses take form below.