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Musings #42

COSMOLOGY OF THE BODY

                – 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

fiercening

the green and tender heart.

 

 

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