spun a silver cocoon in the ocean
wherein dreamed of Chinese eunuchs,
the Churching of Women, eel mummies
and pheromone seduction

overstimulated and cluttered up with private thoughts
as if solitary confinement could make them cohere
then the waves came over and smoothed it all out
tell me: did it ever even happen?

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Image: Bronze relic-box for a mummified eel, British Museum

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