I had to skin a 12 lb pork shank
which is a tough job if you're not a butcher.
Even when dead, animals want to keep their skin.
Antelope, deer, and bear are far easier than pigs.
So is a cow. I must have wanted to keep
the molar I had jerked the other day. It took
an hour to wrestle the sucker out by which time
I had entered the body of a lazuli bunting
back home twenty miles away. In bad times trances
help. The bird was marvelous as my bones had
never been so light though the new vision
was a little frightening but far from the dentist's office.
During my recent ninety day of shingles
I was in many creatures and many places.
You still inhabit the pain but are not miserably
trapped in its location. So my precious tooth
is gone forever, and I praise the lazuli bunting,
its miraculous colors of blue, a little white,
a chest patch of beige and orange, for taking
me to a far better place to suffer.
(Author's advice: Choose small
creatures, birds, salamanders, otter.
Megafauna are dangerous
and we are far beyond the capabilities
of almost anyone.)