When doctors pushed
sound waves
into my body
the computer screen
displayed abstract art
instead of internal organs.

I explained
it is not the equipment
that is at fault.
I tended to tie myself
into knots.

The nurse told me
tie myself into knots
is just an expression
and cannot
really take place
inside the body.

I deferred to her greater
medical knowledge
then tried again.
It was all the violent
and disparaging words
stuffed in my childhood ears
that I could not digest
which created
a coral reef structure
inside my body’s ocean.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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