The First Word

By 
Kim Trainor

The first word took root
quietly, self-sufficient oocyte
into morula, split

and grew new words,
a semiosis in the dark
liquid primordia of vowels.

Punctuated by
consonantal vertebrae:
the first somites

the little finger rays
which pointed towards
a sensual quickening,

the last revisions—
tongue buds and roots,
a daub of pigment on the eye

before the sluice of bloody water
and the lucent caul cast off
as meaning slipped away.

Kim Trainor's poetry has appeared recently in The Antigonish Review and The Dalhousie Review, and is forthcoming in CV2 and Event. She received honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's 2009 Ralph Gustafson poetry contest. She lives in Vancouver.

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