Covering Xavier With Chocolate

Covering Xavier With Chocolate

Unwrapping the confection
removing life from the womb

Shelled meats peek thru the surface
heart beats across a monitor

Dark, hard, yet easily melted
newborn skin with not enough oxygen

Fingerprints remain
touches of caring leaving bruises in fluid illness

Sweet richness flowing on the palate
blood filling up the brain

Swallowing the chocolate to feel no pain
turning off breath to feel no pain

November 12, 2002
Tressa Lee Breen

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