the healing muse

Volume 13, 2013

6 O'Clock, 3CM from the Nipple

Adam Possner

25 minutes into
a 30-minute visit

half past the start
of the physical exam

I feel it
under my hand

between my 2nd
and 3rd digits

like a pocket watch
in a Dali painting

irregularly shaped
draped on the illusion

of invincibility
a mass

in your left breast.
Time slows

as it always does
when kept

by a grain of sand
that refused to fall

that grew into
its own hourglass.

We will both remember
this moment

when I note space
in terms of time

before the digital
mammogram, before

the needle finer than
a clock’s second hand.

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