I am a woman haunted.
My dreams and nightmares (living awake and asleep) involve spinal cords.
Cervical spine, vertebrae, lamina, intramedullary, cauda equina, neural foramina, thoracic inlet...
(Inlet, as in a place of entry)
(Inlet, as in a small arm of the sea)
(Inlet, as in an indentation on the shoreline)
Or perhaps an inlet is where the tumors grow.
Rampant, aggressive, benign
(but don't let that gentle sounding term numb you into submission)
Growing next to the bones, inside the spinal cord and between the miniscule spaces of the spinal column. The space between is measured in millimeters.
I am a woman haunted
by these bones
and these words
and this reality.