Thursday, 22 April 2021

Kjell Espmark: 'Mitt fack var ansiktsproteser'


My profession was facial prostheses

and the war called for all my art.

I helped a soldier with a shot-off jaw

get back to living with others again.

Another recovered half of his face

with a half Kaiser Wilhelm moustache.

If only I could craft a piece of cortex

that would give a helplessly fumbling man

back his memories.

And provide a sleepless brain

with a small wreath of barbed wire

that kept the memories away.


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