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THE PHYSICAL WORLD

by Nadia Colburn



For nine months

I anticipated,


as the other end

of pain,


a revelation:

a world turned


inside out.

Each inch I grew


marked a promise:

my present physical


certainty, my approaching

release.


And, indeed,

torn open,


I gave birth

to the end of ideas.


Beyond pain was born

no understanding,


beyond understanding

was revealed


no new knowing but

another body, robust,


which no thought

set screaming,


purple faced,

infuriated at air,


and no thought moved closer

to my breast,


and no thought closed

its thinly lidded


round brown eyes,

so soon worn out


by the unfamiliar light.

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