Retract

Diana/The Wandering Armadillo

The Wandering Armadillo

if i arch my back, just so

you will hear the gutteral crack

of ribs splaying

and thunder peal

confined to a distant canyon

observe the blood rivulet flow

tinted crimson

from rhodonite glow

did you think of yourself as some indelible mark on my being?

how easily I’ve erased your ochred pigments

from my crumbled cave walls

Lascaux?

indeed no

you were only the sharpest point of the trident

ending some turgid trilogy of torment

so stand back

drop the Finochietto*

little blood, no gore

though you expected more

your surgical precision

met with

phlegmatic derision

*a type of surgical retractor designed to separate ribs in chest surgery. Named after Argentinian surgeon Enrique Finochietto

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