Jessica Jacobs When Your Surgeon Brought Snapshots to the Waiting Room poetr y People say eyes are the windows and all that, but turns out it's actually a pithy incision into the navel, through which doctors spelunk the world's smallest camera for the world's weirdest home movie. After years of waiting, this was our first full week together. Your body was still a new thing to me. And here was your right ovary, ash gray and threatening rain, brindled by firebrick veins. Fat, a cluster of discarded yolks. And your uterus, an unblossomed pink peony, crawling with cells invasive and benign as a swarm of white ants. This was not the garden you'd abandoned in Kentucky for a patch of dry Arkansas earth--certainly not the garden you wanted us to grow. Somewhere, offscreen, the fist of your heart performed its steady squeeze and release, just as my hands had in my lap since you were wheeled away, as they had by my side while pacing between chairs bolted to the floor, had all along the scuffed anonymous halls, up and down the entrance ramp with its slide-and-hush electric glass doors. When they finally let me back, I wanted
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 2, 2016
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