Phenomenology of the liver

~ after “Alchemy or the Useless Science” (1958), Remedios Varo

Seven bottled elixirs
for each day of the week.
Work, and the checkerboard

of days I wrap more tightly
around me, as nights fall one
by one. Through the walls,

the gospel of eternal
calibration piped in as
music. I take what’s

delivered, and flush out
what refuses to dissolve.
I’ve lost count of how many

thousand rotations,
the slurry of beats
in the rooms above.

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