Sunday, September 2, 2012

the doctors


the doctors gathered around her
as she lay on the operation table
her flesh exposed.

they cut her open carefully
from the top of her ribcage
to her belly button.

the doctors peered inside.

one retched,
and forgot to retrieve his tools
thrown inside of her

one fell to the floor, sweating
hyperventilating
trying desperately to do what it takes.

one’s face snarled
nose upturned
the corners of his mouth sagging
“This is not what we expected”, he said.

the doctors gathered themselves
and gathered their tools
and left, one by one
while she lay open on the table.