Pertaining to the organs,

in the body, not the immense pipe organ upstairs


of the congregation of my grandmother’s Lutheran church


but just as intense, and that instrument penetrated my body



I was taking anatomy and physiology towards a medical coding degree


and a stable day job,

describing how we copied pictures and plastic models


though not cadavers


while he had me drawing a cow skull in charcoal


to distract him from his feelings I talked about the organ systems

I was learning.

The heart, huh? he said. And the lungs


I replied quickly in one breath.

I drew him the pancreas and put it in an envelope, said


Happy birthday


And the professor brought in a real heart


ripped from a dead man’s chest


for us to examine.


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