Sound — Part 4:
Notes on Polyphony

At first I felt my head was too much with me.  Take it off, I heard a
voice say.  Your head, you got to take it off. So I closed my eyes & took
my head by the ears & turned.  It came off easy.  My head.  Like all my
life it was waiting for me to unscrew it.  So I sat it down quietly beside
me. &this allowed my mouth — which all before had been sewed
shut — to open & sing.  What have I to dread?  What have I to fear? &
my hips, torso, & upright arms trembled at that sudden a cappella.  I
want to thank you for hearing this small trickle in a sea.  I am trying
to steady myself as I wait.  There’s a bored shark coloring the water.
There’s a girl cradling her head somewhere.  She is lost & someone has
left her at the shore without a song, without a whistle.  There is only
her blood & the blood of her siblings.  There is only the sun like the
glimmer of the State’s buttons erasing the girl.  You have placed her in
my throat.  & now I can reattach my head.  & the girl is inside me; she
can move now as my body moves, my neck, my head nodding.

“Sound — Part 4: Notes on Polyphony” from Hemming the Water Copyright © 2013 by Yona Harvey.  Reprinted with permission of Four Way Books.