On describing, to my husband, the cluster of small tumors in my breast

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CALLISTA BUCHEN

 
 

grains of rice / solar flares / pencil erasers / bean seeds / (so, beans? he says) / glowing orbs / diamonds / (glamorous, he says) / large grains of salt, like / the kind we eat / on soft pretzels / (you do love soft / pretzels, he says) / (I know, I say) / (I’m sorry, he says, / that they didn’t have / the mustard sauce / you like) mistakes / lemon seeds / (but you already / said seeds, he says) / seeds that seem hot / germinated / the eye of a needle / but opposite / your black pupil / but opposite / an eclipse, but / opposite (okay / he says, okay, okay) / just spots / (I say) (we / nod) like the water in low places / after a storm / the worst already / over