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If You Could Live In Any Era

I couldn't. But,
They like to ask, so
I imagine myself without science.
Deaf, of course, and almost blind.
Sisterless. (One would have died at birth,
the other taken my mother along).
I think my father would still have loved me.
Three broken bones (wrist, foot, shin),
that could have healed badly.
Skin a blistering mass of pox and scars.
Teeth--not good; maybe a few left.
(They're soft, even without sugar.
Genetics can fuck you up as much as industry.)
Pale as a vampire,
I'd freckle, then burn, and burn, and burn,
And wrinkle up like a walnut, and maybe
(If I was really lucky) live long enough to die of cancer.
I wouldn't have been so lucky, though .
My gallbladder would rot into poison inside me
And kill me at seventeen.

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