These cheekbones were willed me
by a Tennessee indian;
this split thumbnail jumped off
my grandfather's chromosomes.

This mouth comes from France,
the hair from Sweden,
the skeleton from Scotland,
the toes from monkeys.

The nose came out of noplace.
The voice was Aunt Martha's.
My father found my ears
lying on the beach.

And Mother? Oh she gave
straight teeth, an entire neck,
and suitcases so I could travel
the breeze collecting myself.