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Dissection (Part Two)

December 19, 2009
I peeled your skin back, Andreas,
exposed veins and
a lack of torment
just a millimetre beneath,
paper thin,
your life’s once-vessel –
connective tissue –
the glove your organs walked in.
 
It must have been hard for you to breathe, Andreas.
You carried a mass in your chest,
extra weight.
It was thick and solid when we cut it –
dead cells that served no purpose save death.
It must have been hard for you to breathe, Andreas.
Your heart was too big.
 
Your organs were in all the right places, Andreas.
Just like mine.
Mine, engorged with blood,
make yours look empty,
death your only anaesthetic
against my fervent scalpel.
 
I am but one heartbeat away from you, Andreas.
One heartbeat.
One precious breath.
 
It must have been hard for you to breathe, Andreas.
Sometimes it’s hard for me, too.
I dedicate this next one of mine to you.
 
 
Written 13 Dec 09 – ER

[NB: Andreas is what we nicknamed our dissection cadaver during med school anatomy lab.  Dissection part one is here.]

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