Sheryl Luna - Gall Bladder - Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal 11:1 Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal 11.1 (2006) C4

Gall Bladder

She said the gall bladder stores bitterness,
imagine its stones something of heavy pain.
And the burning as if an organ were to burst.

The way a fireman looks down upon a face
all a grimace. She said, an animal is your totem;
find your guide. Damn the sea gulls' beauty

over the iced parking lot, squirrels play as Maple
leaves fall along damp winter ground. The cold
came in thick ice, the way a woman breaks into it

with a plastic blade hoping to clear a view. Blades
of grass flower like small white cacti. The word
"gall" sounds appalled with something askew

in the world. As if nobody cares for the bitter
escalation of a dark heart. She said, never use
the word "dark" or "gall," but I was dark gall,

my acid deep within. This my healer, her tale
dreaded truths, her hands felt fear that never cries.
She said the gall bladder stores bitterness. Even

after it was removed, the small incisions cut
through and through, and now the scar beneath
my heart mauve.

Sheryl Luna's collection of poetry, Pity the Drowned Horses, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press (2005). It won the first Andres Montoya Poetry Prize sponsored by The Institute for Latino Studies. Her maternal grandfather was Jewish. Many of her poems deal with women's rights and women's lives along the U.S./Mexican border.

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