August 14, 2011
In my head, I am on a dissection table.
The lights are so bright. So white. So empty.
My friends and family are gathered around in white lab coats
With scalpels in hand, and white paper masks

With a sweet smile and kind eyes,
My best friend brings the sharp, glistening blade down to my chest
And makes the first incision.
With a rustle of paper and a few drops of blood, my insides are exposed.

They gather around to see me.
No detail remains hidden, no inner organ left un-probed.
Every color and every shadow
Every pattern emerges as the blade slowly glides down my skin

All the way down my arms and legs
Muscles quiver in the cold air
My stomach coils itself tightly.
And my heart calls out for everyone to hear




Finally, in a flash of light, the razor flits around my head
My paper scalp rustles as they turn the first page
Now my head is exposed
Thoughts unfurling as they gape in awe.

Now my soul is on display, and the story unfurls.
They gather round to see
Hungry eyes devour every detail
As they hold their breath and enjoy the show.

When in reality,
They are just reading that story I wrote

My precious brain child

That chunk of my heart

That piece of fiction, with an essence of truth

I wonder how it would feel if someone read this poem...

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acirebaats said...
Sept. 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm
This is intense. I like the imagery you have. It's almost chilling. I can feel some pain behind it. As if you are laying your whole self out to be examined. Nice. 
Lola_Black replied...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm
Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for
freedomfighter97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:37 am
This is very interesting; creative and graphic.  I love how you used the imagery of being dissected when someone reads your work.  It's very true how critical a reader can be, and it feels like you're lying bare on a surgeon's examination table.  Great job!
Lola_Black replied...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Thanks : )
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