you have atypical cells in your cervix

             two rows of suckers on a cephalopod limb

string-of-pearl cysts on your ovaries

             shoals empty of oysters, divers greasing cotton balls
                          for eardrums drumming the sea

type two diabetes triggered by PCOS

               ill-tempered triggerfish, teeth shaped for crushing shells

scoliosis

              hagfish, skull, no vertebral column

healing takes hard work, do you even want to breathe

                           pin bones lodged in throat–
                                         neck a billowing canvas for sails and gills

 

Published in Occulum Journal.

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