procedure

sew my limbs beneath me
flat on my stomach so I can’t breathe
flatten the girth and the worth

crack the mirror in half
peel off my face, cleanse the image
censor around the edges

with scissors clip my body
remove the round add the line
cut that chin trim the fingers
marry my hands one more time

take a scalpel to my mind
sever the trauma and aches
carve a smile in my lips
watch the wound force open

take needle and thread
close my eyes for just a while
don’t let me rip the stitches open
please

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