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One two three four
reach around and close the door

Four three two one
race your dead into the sun

Five six seven eight
never underestimate

Eight seven six five
the heart’s resolve to stay alive

-Central American children’s song

They say she'll need
her insides out
and in the future
her history looks
like a wreck to me.

The Doctors
(a small collection)
live where she lives
on the Nicaraguan coast
a beach close to Rivas
but this is not the magical
kind of realism.

The fibroids in her belly
are the size of pomegranates
grapefruits and melons
but they're not fruit at all
and The Doctors
as they come and go
want the greater housing
of these objects
to be removed entirely.

When we first met
she was a yoga teacher
on the brink of New York City
come from her hometown
in Argentina and full of life
of babies unborn
as they will now remain.

Twenty girl calendars go by fast
in the uterus years.
There are other methods
but no cheap ones left
for her to fall in love by.

Surgery Wednesday;
full of grace.