Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Tunnel Vision

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Tunnel Vision

Article excerpt

What, in your own words, are you here for?

(questionnaire in the 48th Street MRI office).

In your own words, what are your symptoms?

When was your last period?

Transvaginal sonogram, I wrote.

Jupiter, planet of growth, is passing through

my 6th House. Exuberant growths sometimes appear

under this aspect. My menopausal energy is occurring.

The technician was brusque

and inserted an icy stainless steel pear,

transvaginally.

She moved it around while peering at the monitor.

Her concentration was complete.

How are you? she asked presently.

Do you want to say something?

As a matter of fact, I replied,

I do have something to say.

If you're ever on a quiz show

and they ask you,

how long does it take for a vagina

to warm up an ice cold transducer,

I've been thinking about it

the answer is five minutes.

Yeah that's good, if they ever ask me,

she cackled.

The doctor entered.

How are you? he asked.

Jesus.

He sat down.

I won't be long, he said,

moving the transducer around,

studying the monitor.

And then, as I moved my knees

ever so slightly

to relieve muscle tension,

Don't kick me, he said. …

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