or What You Didn’t Know Your Body Possessed
by Margaret Nowaczyk
Cells, chambers, canals, crypts, a selection of cisterns of varying calibers, a pipe, a bridge, a set of nails, cement: a castle starter kit. For antiquity lovers: columns and pyramids. And domed temples.
For your travelling needs: vessels, trunks, sacs, and pouches. A box. A cage. Plenty of tissues for goodbyes.
A pair hammers, and two sets of nails (assorted sizes) in case of repairs.
Bands with drums and trumpets and horns.
Roots, bulbs, branches. Billions of trees growing on hillocks.
A menagerie: sea horses, snails, a horse’s tail (without a horse), a worm, and two calves.
Two pairs of wings to take flights of fancy.
Margaret Nowaczyk, a pediatrician and a clinical geneticist, is a professor at McMaster University and DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton. Her writings have appeared in Geist, The Examined Life Journal, Numero Cinq, Intima, and Prairie Fire. She is a co-editor of an anthology of short stories from the Canadian-Polish diaspora to be published by Guernica Editions in 2017. She lives in Hamilton with her husband and two sons and is currently working on a collection of short stories and a memoir of her life as a clinical geneticist.