Do you ever consider how intimate
her work is?
Touching the softest
wettest parts of the human body
smelling the warm, contained gasses
disturbing the dark and,
blue blood turns red.
she understands what it is for you to be alive
what it takes to sustain your breath
as you lay separate from your body
in a way
you won’t remember
you don’t even know why stuff works
only that if it stops
so do you.
What is it called when a person becomes too aware of their mortality?
It isn’t about getting old
it’s about having flesh.
Expiring, packed meat, steak in the grill flesh
the stuff that wrinkles as it ages
sags as it begins to stretch
turns blue and swells with baby, or infection…
Pores open to disease
How must the surgeon feel about her temple?
to understand each twinge of pain
to know if a headache reaches through to the brain
is tumorous…or just stress.