My question is this:


will you let yourself pray to your own body here where worship begins in the hips unlace your fingers unhook your knees from the floor it is ok to beg your own blood for warmth between thighs pressed an answer rising readying a spilled out thank you with a voice of soapy breath nestled between those two great lungs further where The Great Holler once a murmur began

   Dear body in earnest teach me how and I will

gladly forget with one eye closed the moon in the other we take over the tides for the night thick arms swinging low






Celina Dietzel is a current student at Knox College in the small Midwestern town of Galesburg, IL. Last summer she cooked buckets of spaghetti for a living. This summer she will teach creative writing in a local prison.