Blue latex feels slick against
my hands. I grip my instrument tightly,
surprised breath escaping me as
the scalpel quickly reveals
glistening unknown beneath.
As we work in tandem to expose the
knowledge we seek, I ponder what memories
this body has known.
While my hands slice and reveal, I see
vibrant sunsets, earth-shattering heartbreaks,
Sundays at the park.
I imagine dreary workdays,
passionate embraces, rain-soaked windows,
every shimmering facet once contained in this
chrysalis before me.
I will never know each faded childhood memory,
the favorite crisp linen shirt, every midnight kiss.
We are ephemeral beings,
brilliant and glittering for only an instant.
Yet within this speck of light
is unconditional love, laughter, and hazy afternoon baseball games.
Within each pearly dewdrop is contained
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