© 2008 Christina McKee
Pancreatitis: 2005 (4)
Consider the inflammation - a swelling
that cannot be seen -
and the unreality of digestive
enzymes (allow them into your vocabulary),
and you will think
of how you ate a
worm when you were four and fat.
Prepare for scans and learn abbreviations.
your C A T is.
Then there are
The check-ups while you're asleep and
the shadowed pictures of your insides.
(Privacy is a word only for puberty).
Welcome yourself to a medical journal
(a shining Nobel Prize for your organs).
Med students love (your blood,
the sound of cutting you open)
the cracks and corners and
spider webs of your cells.
Your life (was doomed from the start) will be
about numbers, terms, charts,
small talk about blood clots,
and the calming quality of white coats until
a blunt doctor tells you about cancer.
Stare him straight in the stethoscope,
but keep your mouth shut.
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