the ritual

"let my genes bleed
into my cavities
fill my bones
with my own blood"

his skin ripped
right up the middle of his back
and out he fell
onto the concrete

he dusted off
stepping up
and stared
out beyond his skeleton

the light
a boundless sun
bore down
large as all the atoms
on an eye
packed down tight
to a small ball

god is a little man
beyond that morning

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