The Nurse’s Hands (1) - Manushya Puthiran

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the surgery to remove
the wart in my private parts
the young nurse
shaves and cleanses
the region

She is washing my penis
as if she were touching the leaves of a plant
washing a carrot
before cooking

I kept looking at her eyes
Have I ever seen
such glassy eyes
Chatting inconsequentially
she carried on with her work
She chided me over something
Which I didn’t bother to know
My penis lay in a woman’s hands
So dumbly
as if it hardly existed
For a moment, I was startled
The sublime moment of impotence
engulfed me in its entirety

Translated by R. Abilash