Content May Be Disturbing
Warning: content may be disturbing
to some viewers. It depends who you are,
and your tolerance for the repulsive,
what category of grotesque slinks along
your eyeballs, sinking into your mind
when it is relaxed. The body always bothers
us, how injury discolors flesh,
perturbs the otherwise pleasing anatomical line
we use as a backdrop for desire.
Some content will upset you, it is bound
to happen. The awful and hideous,
it slithers toward us, even once we turn away.
Blood. Snakes. Scorpions. Lobsters
staring at you from the tepid tank at the store
like a mangy puppy caged in the pound.
Even nurses’ stomachs can churn, so what does
that mean for the rest of us. There are
unpleasantries for which no euphemism has been
assigned. There’s no controlling this,
that the body fails, that we are scared, and revulsion
lets us turn from the fear fondling us.
There are things you do not want to see up there.
Maybe we can take turns looking.
I’ll tell you when it’s safe. Not yet. Don’t look.