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2004-03-20

Galen (b. Claudius Galenus)
B. 131 Pergamum, Greece / D. 200 Rome
Antiquity

In a beaker-full of water on a shelf
in a lidded beaker or a stoppered jar upon a shelf or table in a lab
a leech, immersed, is floating
while its bloodless wastes
trail about it like glycerin petticoats
lifted by each drifting fall.
The captive leech
with all it has of limb
that is, itself
nudges
(very casually)
the glass.

Consolation Site: Not without risk

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