tuning fork


By Gabriela Natalia Valencia

                         this
     is the frequency   
                 the body makes              place
     your fingers    at   the nodes      to listen       
 maybe it is
              too much for a tiny            skeleton maybe the
   engineers are right    

               what i
  want to      know
            is how many     earthquakes        
                                          the earth has
            left until
      how much oxygen     in the
                           room    
                          before     
   i want to know     how         many    microstates
  the ocean has      felt    and if
             i   might empathize       with those   
         feelings

       i   want   to run
                           my   fingers
     through the       knots     of    
                    your                              fingers

i         want        to      know
                              when       the       body
                erodes            
                                    where   do
                the     atoms     run
   to

              when       they
     come                 crying     back
                 who        
touched                                          
                                                  them


Gabriela Natalia Valencia is a part-time believer in magic and a full-time believer in light. She studies chemistry and writes poetry at Loyola University Chicago.