Many long hours after the biopsy surgery,
I wake from anaesthetic—
my entire body wrapped in strange new pain:
a tight broad metal band
corsets my lower chest wall—
I can hardly breathe;
my lower body crackles, crunches and bursts
if only I could stop them.
My two legs have stopped being identical twins:
right leg is hypersensitive to the gentlest touch;
the left is completely numb.
Bonfire. Photo from English Wikipedia, 8 September 2004 by Fir0002.
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