The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #702
(Week of 8 November, 2009)

I've touched on this territory before, but a number of unrelated factors, including a whale, a medical procedure, a cartoon, and something I saw in the parking lot outside Peet's coffee this morning, conspired to bring it to my consciousness again this week. And what's mine is ours:

Pieces of Something

Ankles, muscles, spleens and hearts
Cells and fluids a la carte
Wet machines with many parts
And ego predilections

Taken as component pieces
Personality decreases
Birth certificates are leases
On molecule collections

From the deck a hand is dealt
A sense of touch and sense of self
Shuffle it and nothing melts
Excepting introspection

The arbitrariness of skin
As boundary for that within
Appears a trifle soft and thin
Upon informed reflection

Copyright © 2009 by Dave Grossman

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