In my first year

In my first year
studying anatomy and physiology

I was assigned
a large cat swimming in formaldehyde

for dissection.
I named him Lazarus and cried

when I cut into his face, but marveled
at the bones unhinged,

and the pink muscles, and the gray

I sliced one kidney in three parts
isolating the cortex, ureter and veins.

I received high marks,
then tucked it safely back inside,

lest he be left incomplete.



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