Science tells us 

That our bodies desiccate 

As we grow older 

As we gain knowledge 

We die 

As we move through

Our invented schooling 

Learning our revised history 

Practicing our fabricated traditions 

Our fingers begin to tremble 

Our skin folds into itself 

Or sags 

Leaks puss

Fractures or 


Our brain

In our bumped heads 

Underneath our dandruffed scalps

Collecting memories 

To forget

Mattie Grace Levy

I'm a black woman, a classically trained oboist, a self-taught composer, and an introspective poet trying to comprehend my thoughts.

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