‘Mole Removal’, a poem by Helen Addy

Mole Removal by Helen Addy
Published in The Lumen, Issue 1,  2014.

When the doctor says procedure,
you think long needles,
insufficient anaesthetic,
an apple corer digging deep
for the dark one’s roots.
Instead, her gentle hands
indicate a small injection,
a freeze as familiar
as recent weather,
incisions faint as brackets:
surgery’s precise grammar
replacing the rogue full stop.


Helen Addy is from Forres. She has been previously published in BUGGED, Snakeskin, From Glasgow to Saturn, Shetland Libraries’ Bards in the Bog project and has a poem forthcoming in the Indigo Dreams’ Macmillan Cancer anthology, Heart Shoots. She is currently working on a first pamphlet.

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