30 April, 2013

{poetically plagiarized} 20: Majmudar


Stem Cells

       In the hospital’s hothouse,
       cardiac strawberries blink on a vine.
       A walnut-shell hides a brain rich
       in good fat; a lychee’s peel,
       a pale eyeball high in vitamin C.
       The doctor has good news!
       His pharmacopeia has given way
       to a cornucopia,
       one that spills ovarian grapes
       and bananas that promise never to go soft.
       A single stem has borne, has birthed fruit
       that shall not be forbidden us.
       The pomegranate spleen, yea,
       the kidney-bean kidney shall be ours.

       Splendid! delights a voice
       over the hospital PA system.
       Splendid, you summer-sweet sons of Adam—
       using an apple-seed of Knowledge
       to grow the Tree of Life!

       No one can say whose voice it is,
       but its hiss is like a scythe’s.

By Amit Majmudar, 2013