EDEMA

EDEMA

February 1967

 

When first I looked upon them

I thought my eyes did see

a kind of apparition

Half woman and half tree

 

That sexy face I love so

Pregnant belly and all

Supporting itself on feet

More like a rubber ball

 

Stately did she stand there

On that misshapen meat

They seemed a larger version

Of Chinese hobbled feet

 

The toes fast disappearing

An ever growing peds

As though it too possessed a life

And grossly overfed

 

The skin upon her ankles

Was layered row on row

And if it was still possible

Would grow and grow and grow

 

The heel alone I recognized

And it gave me the clue

That part of her anatomy

Was housed once by a shoe

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