(in)voluntary

today
i will
only pay attention
to my
involuntary muscles
the ones that open or close my eyes to the light
and help my food find its way back
out
and make me
sneeze

the ones that
provide the gentle push and pull
in and out of my lungs
and give
my heart
the final say

biology decides most of me
although this brain of mine
has been influenced by
god
and other tall tales
and has me wading through a molasses river
as the world around me
speeds by

as my
gall bladder and goosebumps
my adrenaline and lust
respond and react
and these voluntary muscles
make an asshole of me

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