White Elephant





               
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usagi
usagi Socially awkward swamp witch.
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**Trigger Warning**

An experience of mine that I have used to poetically respond to Hemingway's short story by the same title.

White Elephant

Hemingway lead me to believe

Hemingway lead me to believe that on the table there

I'd feel nothing at all

I'd feel nothing at all save a puff of air.

So with apathy I swallowed

So with apathy I swallowed vicodin and wore the paper gown.

counting ceiling tiles I waited

counting ceiling tiles I waited for the air beneath my mound.

I heard the hum of a vacuum

and a warning from behind a mask

to be wary of pressure

during this debatable task.

Dissected and judged by helping hands,

a room devoid of a compassionate voice

I began breathing carefully, rhythmically

to abate the pain of choice.

The machine flicked off

the battle for my womb

the battle for my womb had ended, and I the victor emerged

the battle for my womb had ended, and I the victor emerged but left a clump of cells entombed.

Now, years later, resolute I chose well

Now, years later, resolute I chose well I refuse to hide or allow others to assume

Now, years later, resolute I chose well I refuse to hide or allow others to assume when I feel the rumble of foot falls

Now, years later, resolute I chose well I refuse to hide or allow others to assume when I feel the rumble of foot falls from my white elephant in the room.

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