The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Deijman
He peels and peels and unfurls your
scalp-skin like an orchid does for
a lovestruck bee, except, there is no
pink watery brain, almost spongey;
he holds a thin blade that slices
the light and slicks it through
your entirety - the part of you that
a man watches on, bowl in hand
what’s the bowl for?
he doesn’t answer
just watches -
your face, shadowed dived into
your dimples, hands positioned
like your well rested
he points to your medulla and says:
see, the soul
he points to your hippocampus and
says: see, the hunger
which is almost true
but maybe, this was all for vain
who cares what you remembered?
the silver-dusted watch you left in
Vermont while you undressed to learn love
the Bible you got as a kid to learn God,
from which you tore out all the pages
about hell - what did you need with hell anyway?
what was waiting for you at the end was
sure to be filled with pearl clusters and
grapes filed through your mouth -
he pulls your limbs back
macabre museum exhibit
draws close your scalp
and tosses you back into the storage
to be pulled out again like a root
to be displayed again later
all around us, white light braids into
this, is maybe, heaven, and
God watches on, learning anatomy
Janiru is a fourteen year old Sri-Lankan/Australian student and poet who lives in Sydney. Aside from poetry, he loves maths and has received numerous awards in both national and international math competitions/olympiads. He is the 2019 junior winner of the national Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards and is also a prolific participant and winner of poetry slams. His work is forthcoming or appears in [PANK], The Journal Of Compressed Creative Arts & elsewhere. Having just begun his personal poetic journey, Janiru is eager to find his own voice in his work.
12/5/2020 03:58:20 pm
This is really interesring poem Janiri. It held my attention all the way through. I would like to see more of your poetry in the future.
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