"Withdrawal"

Written By

Ani Keaten

My limbs heavy like magnets

attracted to the earth’s core

My arms like granite—

My back, a twig,

trembles.

I know each rib intimately

Its size, shape and placement

 

My skin is the olive’s

thin

          Invisible

and dark

 

I am the externality

  marginal

      superfluous

    inflamed.

    I need more

  give less

require exception

Decrease the surplus populace

Ani Keaten is a poet, English grad, and MBA student, as well as an amateur linguist and rock hound. She writes about her experiences with LS and two other autoimmune conditions. Learn more at www.anikeaten.weebly.com or email her at ani.keaten@gmail.com.