6-0 Silk

6-0 Silk

A Poem by Anna Auel

They wanted her for her hands
tactile wonders that saw on her behalf
here she lies, sawed in half
on the table of restraint,
struggling to speak through bloody gauze
but only muffled sounds of horror emit
as they�"bearing no name-tags, their titles are official and brook no complaint (for how to you address a complaint to an unknown entity?)�"bring the tabled ends side by side
tabulating information and placing tags with string around each offending piece.
Part and Parcel. Shipped out in installments, an Ebay exhibition

--The hands must remain intact. But hollowed out to be worn as gloves, so the purchaser can buy an experiential sensation.
--it is of the utmost importance.
--Gently now, gently! This is, after all, a natural phenomenon!

No longer NIB! But advertised as Gently Used…but still in Great Condition! No Missing Pieces!
The bidding started at a penny the Buy It Now at $150.00
Could be a Degas, even a Picasso
(the bidders hoped), the way the eyes don’t match�"she’s mismatched, a disheveled jumble,
                                  the bids started low
they want something for almost nothing
but bragging rights.
the time runs out. HotPockets83 wins her for $17.77�"the perfect price for his particular peculiar (predilection for pecuniary matters, a pituitary problem the doctors said) mind.
A series of  boxes arrives
to HotPocket83’s row house in Hoboken.
An entire wall is devoted to her display, each piece
in sequence
the hands in the center, placed on forms.
the head on the end (the brain not included, being a delicacy and sold separately for a higher price) staring at any soul who dares to look in its blank eyes in stern convicted remonstrance.

HotPocket83 wore the hands daily, until they split apart to such
a degree that even surgical silk
failed to hold them together.

…but found the advertisement to be a false one. The powers failed to transfer.
he was left instead
empty-handed.

© 2012 Anna Auel


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Added on October 1, 2012
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Tags: surgery, postmodern, Ebay, bidding, tactile, buying, selling, gothic

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Anna Auel
Anna Auel

Shepherdstown, WV



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I graduated in 2010 from a small liberal arts college with a degree in English. I work for a periodontist during the day, in my spare time--though I long to make it full-time, but am stymied by the ne.. more..

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