those filthy dogs

came slavering over my rotting whole
their bared white fangs and tongues
slippery and hot with hunger

so I opened up my belly to them
took sweetbreads and viscera
and cast them all round me

bloody flowers at my wedding –
I gave them my body
and let them eat of my flesh

until I was clean as my bones

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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