An Attempt at Collaboration
What Happens to the Heart
When you remove the bandage, don’t be alarmed
by the bruise, blood, and stench. Covered things
tend to moisten, prune, and mold, and this
wound has festered for a decade. One can imagine
the infection and decay. Use the rubbing alcohol
left on the counter—note that the entire bottle is not enough.
The numbness dissipates and your skin burns. No
matter. This sensation does not faze you. Like words
and tears, nothing ignites reaction.