Surgery

Writing on the Wall

It’s about as inevitable as tomorrow
and as certain as another rising sun
those computer-commanded robotics
are poking out prostates one by one
which means the ultimate extinction
one day of the old human-hand way
writing on the wall, the time will come
when Da Vinci’s the only way it’s done
the camera lens joining surgeon’s eyes
pelvic bed a star on a monitor screen
leaving you high and dry and obsolete
surgery without a glamorous machine
just an old-fashioned specimen sporting
your flat wide long and jagged belly scar
a crooked path to show a long ago scene
a bygone retropubic prostatectomy routine.

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