The Household Body
“Can I speak with the head of the house?” The Telemarketer asked.
I thought: Do houses have heads, and can you speak with them?
“No,” I said.
But then I thought: If a person is the head, then who is the anus?
The colon? maybe someone full of shit?
The feet and legs hold the weight,
hands and arms lift,
While the heart keeps pumping.
Bodies need all the pieces to work.
In small houses people would have multiple functions like:
someone of course would have to flow around
red and blue with good things for everyone and taking away the bad.
What about sex? Do houses have a gender?
Are houses neutral or hermaphroditic?
Maybe this happens in the natural course of formation.
Some people have no house; is there a body for them?
Are they just parts in space floating?
A heart on a street corner,
a little toe somewhere out there cold and alone?