Manila Spine

Untangle the ratlines

cascading down your hair,

a rope to walk your spine

coccyx

tail

flimsy bone

bringing you upright,

arms out tight

eyes in the shrouds

looking up

when gravity pulled you down.

Flimsy bone

scrimshaw spine

marked by your miles

tangled in ratlines;

your hair, in the shrouds.

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