The nose cavity of a human skull looks like an upside-down heart.
Sometimes she wishes she didn’t know
this, hadn’t studied such gruesomeness,
hadn’t given her life to the carpals and metacarpals,
the phalanges and the clavicles.
Her badge says “M.E.” but she hasn’t felt much
like herself since the girl
they found floating in the river
36 days ago. They say
nobody looked for
her for more than
half a year. They say she
was a runaway. They say
what a shame from be
-hind flighty hands. She
just stands in stained
scrubs, a new death
on her hands, and
plans for early retirement.
Prompted by April PAD Challenge, day 12.