Jane Hartshorn

Prolapse: to fall or slip down or out of place. As my disease grows, so do my breasts. The skin swells and swells, is tender to the touch. Purpling like over-ripened fruit. My abdomen is also tender, becomes distended. The men watch. They know there is something wrong with me. At night, I lie with my bedside lamp switched on. Touch the edge of my new nipple with my fingernail. I try to peel it off. In school, the teacher asks me to open the window. I reach, and there is a dropping sensation. The weight of an animal against my chest. I hope someone will come when I am sleeping. Carry them away in blankets.

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