Mind or Body? Blood or Bone.
Is this numbness a shell, or a spike?
A weapon or armor?
It's grown from my chest without warning, but
I can't tell if it's made of bone or blood.
Which would be easier to prune?
Blood is soft, but impossible to sever
at least not completely.
One can stand outside and look at the red weed that's grown through the roof of your house but
can't do much about it
aside from spraying a little poison on it and hoping it will die soon.
(and I don't have any poison, anyway. You have to go out and buy that.)
Bone I've severed before.
It seems instantaneous but
it's more like a crack in the windshield on a cold day
slowing spreading across your vision until it blinds you
and then it falls
like a tree in a forest
or a pillar in an earthquake
and it takes a lot of you with it;
digs it out of the ground
and makes you bleed
grotesquely from the heart
and grow back from a shriveled shell.