Shrinkage

the belly
the pendulous belly
hangs to her knees
covered
                almost
by YinYang kitty
                                 cats
in grey

the legs and 
arms are less, are
                                 normal
almost small, tanned
and smooth, bejewelled
and bejangled with ropes
and shells, braids
and beads, brightly
                                    carved
and turned
                     new
trimmings for
                          new
parts, but

the belly
the pendulous belly
                                     remains
post surgery
post by-pass
post miracle
                      reminder
of the  
          years
of excess
of exile
that no scalpel
can
    excise

and yet
              and
yet

she waits
               again
to be examined
to be found fit
                          again
for the
next knife
next cut
next miracle to
                           eliminate

the belly
the pendulous belly
that slaps
                softly
against 
           hidden
thighs as she 
                        struggles
to her Sketcher’d feet
                  Nice talkin’ to you
she smiles, and 
                               i
wonder
has anyone
                    ever
said, My God your eyes are 
                                                         blue
startlingly, frighteningly, amazingly
                                                                      blue!
or
have even
                  eyes
been lost to

the belly
the pendulous belly
that she lifts and
                               carries 
like a calcified
                           child
down the hall

© s rogers 2008

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