Poems by Nicole Sellers
Ode to my axial skeleton
Now suspend me on earth, you jeweled
chandelier, triple-wrapped in myelin tape.
Vertical synapses blaze your trapeze, so
I climb kundalini, ribbon-dance down the
drapes. Voluptuous discs pillow my falls.
Your turret sentry twists atlas facets toward
my hyoid-anchored voice. My bloodthirsty
queen reclines behind your sternum shield.
Costal swashbucklers hoist my diaphragm
parachute at the ready. Young osteoblasts
scaffold my jigsaw viscera. In your thorax chapel
deep trees bloom alveoli foliage. Iliopsoases flex
as I gallop, cauda equina streams unplaited, fulcrum
sacrum turns with the moon, precise coccyx props
pillars. All this rigging, your ironclad clockwork.
Then return me to earth. Unravel every fascia veil.
Drop from me your diamond crown. Your arrowhead
coccyx sinks in a new desert womb. Double-edged
ilia embed in sand like shipwreck rudders. Cocoons
fill these ischial loops. Blue butterflies burst my navel,
my entrails sundried spoils for ant armies
that carve catacombs in marrow, a superhighway
out of your vertebral canal. Transverse processes
become gecko rungs. Your xiphoid dolmen caps a trap
door spider. Half your ribcage incubates asps in spring.
This map-scribbled skull speaks my era, mechanistic,
honed. Seashell-clean nasal conchae sigh over your
fallen drawbridge mandible. Your teeth fence wasps’
nests. Auditory ossicles tap quiet codes. Your orbits
split to flint, fit to spark sunrise in a shaman’s lamp.
Chain mail mantle
Warm amber lining
Cuffs glint gold leaf
Flight feather sleeves
Heavy yet weightless
Quartz crystal genome
Double spun passwords
Sleek chameleon skin
True north horsepower
Pockets bloom quinces
Antique mirrored hood
Selective razor wire
Filters dew from poison
Seed pearl furrowed
Red fox fur folds
Silk sighs stride rhythm
Hem strikes night sparks
Flames enemy arrows
Holds ancestral light
Nicole Sellers was born in the USA during the Summer of Love. At age eight she immigrated to Sydney, Australia. She studied creative writing and English literature at Wollongong and NSW universities. While raising children she earned her living as a tarot and palm reader, and continued writing poetry. Later, she acquired qualifications in complementary medicine. Nicole now practices naturopathy, teaches yoga, and writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her poems have appeared in the journals Scarp, Silver Cord, Emerald Egg, Crossroads, Watermark, and Plumwood Mountain, and in the anthology Grieve 6. To find out more about her work, visit https://www.nicolerainsellers.com/.