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Musings #42


                – after viewing the Body Works Exhibition


What a surprise to see the liver large –

in size, the organ second only

to the skin, and more surprising still,


to find it high in the body,

lily pale. I had imagined it red,

livid with toxins, thought it


purified rage, set low

by the right hip – aching ilium,

one of life’s gates, and opposite


the bladder – mine, blooming tumors.

And so I imagined the liver, its ire

raised to shield me,


but overworked, its excess

run down my leg, stoking

a fire in my foot.                                                                  


Now, knowing where this organ lives,

I see it well-placed in the chest

ungilded, hidden


but not hiding – its secret spill


the green and tender heart.



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