A Second Opinion


I told you what was in my heart.
You asked me to prove it, so


the next day,
I brought round the x-ray.


This here, I said, tapping the acetate,
is the shadow cast by a sleepless dervish.


And these black spots across my left ventricle
are starlings above a collapsing pier.


This mass here
is a hospital lost in a power cut.


And this rather dark abrasion
is a dead fox overlapping an empty wardrobe.


Naturally, you were sceptical,
turning the sheet over and over,
holding it up to different lights,
calling in the neighbours for a second opinion.


My monochrome torso went up in the window
and we all stared at it from across the room,


as if looking at my very own exhumed grave—
a skeleton jammed in a chimney flume.


And I knew that to the untrained eye,
the September evening in my chest looked mild.


But I trusted you, implicitly,
to take your coat with you


on the way out.


by Lena


Refers to Ross Sutherland’s “A Second Opinion”



1 Kommentar

  • Ross Sutherland

    Lena, thank you so much for this. I enjoyed this version a lot.
    I’m a huge fan of Video Poems / Poem Art. It’s a great way to add an extra metaphorical layer of interpretation to the poem. It’s a really powerful tool and it can be used in ways that subvert/ enhance / re-direct the original text. Thank you! – Ross Sutherland

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