Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Liver

Having had part of your liver cut out
And examined for cancer, is that not
A medical type of extispicy?

Might as well have been a Sumerian
Divining for divine information
About your chance of assassination.

It’s the same question, really, isn’t it?
Do these guts betoken imminent death?
The answer returned is never certain.

Diviners and diagnosticians know
Every future is probabilistic,
As every future will repeat the past

Inexactly, leaving some small fissure
Wherein living could outlive the liver.

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