John Yohe

los ombligos del mundo

the girls in Sevilla
smiling and laughing
on this cool friday night
baring dark inies and outies
in the old cobbled streets

touching a Buddha statue belly
is good luck
though some people make fun of buddhists 
they say
gaze on navels too much
that navels
are a path to wisdom
or self centeredness

how much wisdom
in a girl’s navel?
how much wisdom
in keeping distance
from a girl showing off her navel—
that wanting that much attention
they must have nothing inside

but I remain unenlightened enough
to want to kneel
and work my tongue
into each warm hole
to taste for myself

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