As Inspired By “Into The World There Came A Soul Called Ida”, A Painting By Ivan Albright

The medicines of Atlantis
could not
resurrect her flesh,
undo it
from chicken once eaten,
now transformed
into hammered lobes of cellulite.
Or, save it
from an expedition of syphilis,
progressive and exploratory,
established in 1922
by a sailor
from Buenos Aires.

While the Universe gains
faster than
cycles of sun or moon,
she pities her eyes bulging forth,
buttressed upon fallen cheeks,
hanging from
53 years of gravity.

She sits
in this amniotic sack called Life,
while the Universe
prepares her reception
to the womb of Alpha Centauri.

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