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Surgeons probed the ruin
that six weeks ago was a woman
for the source of her Nile of pain:
razed ovaries through a keyhole -
they proved benign;
twice hoovered her guts
through a nasogastric hose -
and still they fouled;
opened the abdomen at last
and from her colon cut
the egg-sized ruby mass
that damned her bowels.