The Baby, The Scars

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Contributor: Shawn Wunjo

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They cut the baby out of her
because it was too big to stay
because it wasn't a baby
wasn't anything more
than a reproductive screw up
her body spawned
by itself
with an egg
gone wrong.

Three pounds,
and she's still a virgin
thing has hair,
no face
no body
just sick tissue
parts of organs
aborted attempts
at brain, bones.

She still has it.
They let her keep it,
let her put it in a big pickle jar
she keeps on her desk
whispers to
in the dark
because it's the closest thing
she'll ever have
to a child.

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Shawn Wunjo is the author of a number of banned books.


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