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The Rib That Never Was

i am the rib
never formed
from any man
i was expectation
and embittered dust
i was the incarnation
bloody petals
of roses
ashes of tears
of empty desires

did i ever think
i would grow old
with a masculine heart
filled with sawdust
and injury?
did fairytales
fuel my passions
did i believe love
to be my heritage?
i was a meandering soul,
in search
of the one rib
that Golden Rib
of Adam
did it even exist
for me?
i took the bait
of fish hooks,
let my jaw
be ripped
my face
left with the scars
of stupidity
and innocence

i was goaded
into forests
where my feet
were ensnared
by animal traps
left by hunters
that wanted
my slender flesh
back then
inside the steel mouths
of ribs

Still i searched for you Rib.
that rib i thought i was entitled
marriage of Rib and Woman

i left the paths strewn with tears
and pieces of my body i cut off back
then, still i lifted my eyes to Heaven

when i looked around
siblings one by one
were matched to their

still i searched for you Rib.
Loneliness became my cruel
and jealous lover
the only Rib i ever knew

drove me to want Ribs
that weren’t mine
that belonged to other women
when i went for forbidden fruit
the serpent lifted his head
and bit my hand
it’s poison traveled
to reach my heart

the accuser
bruised my prayers
when i couldn’t lift them
in obedience
when he lied and said
there was no forgiveness
only punishment,
when he said my Father
disowned me
i believed him
he gave me more
rotten fruit
simply to take another
more years passed
to break my teeth upon

i let him convince me
cruelty would become
love if i had enough faith
i felt my prayers
wrapped in flesh
bloody and broken

to be a rib this time

i was an extra rib that didn’t belong
the rib that floated to the top
of refuse

that rib buried with the corpses
of dead relationships

never to be resurrected
i tried in vain digging
the splinters
from a youth
lost in searching
and reaching
for a pile of worthless


The Rib That Never Was

Matty B. Duran

Joined July 2009

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“Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman,and He brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22)

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