1. before I was born
  2. I was noiseless, nothingness
  3. now I have clasps
  4. holding my jaw wide open
  5. my tonsils and my teeth
  6. are humiliated, lucent
  7. before I was ripe
  8. I was bitten by a rancher
  9. now my sour skin nauseates
  10. cattle and fowl alike
  11. my budding life halted
  12. by blank minded beings
  13. before I was born
  14. I was untouched, unrepining