Damaged Lily – Morgan Boyer

Never will my chest not sport
a one-inch scar where there was
a port that attached to my veins
and opened the floodgates

My shoulder will always
have a pencil-long pinkish mark
on my pale skin where
they excavated a lymph node

My body will be a lily
with a plucked petal
and a thinning stem

Morgan BoyerMorgan Boyer is a Carlow University alumni and author of The Serotonin Cradle (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Boyer has been published in the Pittsburgh City Paper, Rune, Underwood Press and the Critical Point.