Body

Bones
The dust of the earth
Raising spirit in your core
Bear the weight of God

Skin
Carry the marks of
A thousand years of curses
Cloak my tenderness

Kidneys
Light brown and speckled
Two deer poised to lick the salt
from a thousand meals

Aorta
Red arch to the sky
For a moment exalted
Then plunge- spew your blood

Heart
Cascade of our blood
Cradle all humanity
In your four chambers

Pancreas
Quiet destroyer
Ignored until you bloom big
One mass through the head

Testicles
A thousand armies.
Encased. A well-placed foot will
bring you to your knees

Lungs
Hollow near the heart
An inverted atmosphere
Outside safely in

Liver
Yellow and black bile
Into you flows all that ills.
Aquifer of the soul

Blood
Atmosphere in flux
A crimson courier
End of each deep breath

A graduate of the UUSOM and is finishing up her in- ternal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She is excited to be done with residency!