Preparing the Body


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
makes preliminary
plans for early retirement.

Prompted by April PAD Challenge, day 12




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6 Responses to Preparing the Body

  1. Wow. This is powerful. Took the breath right out of me.
    Do you know “Somebody’s Baby” by Jon Foreman? This poem reminds me of the song.
    So terribly sad.

  2. ihatepoetry says:

    Wow-ee little de. This is a great slice of sadness, a cold hard look at the mundane element of death. Loved.

  3. Kir Piccini says:

    As always you stole my breath with words.

    I loved the title

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