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Honorable Mention: The Ex-Abortionists

October 22, 2017

hands could work all day – no blisters and no pain
fingers were clasping and unclasping
went completely limp


we walked in the laboratory every day
heard a skull being crushed
saw the precise ways identifiable parts are
each morning staring into the darkness
carrying a baby down a corridor


just couldn't look at them any more


all the empty swings on a
playground where in the end death was the winner

This is a “found poem” created by selecting and mixing words from the article “The Ex-Abortionists: Why They Quit” by Mary Meehan, published at  

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