Precise amounts of manganese
Dissolved with hormones: scattered truths.
Across a desk a mound of facts,
A half constructed proof of tears.
The counted words, the research notes,
The Harvard Referenced quotes for weight,
The nights of struggle pushed aside,
The memories lost in paper balls.
Just here – this eye can tell it all –
Each gram of iron, each lonely year,
Ionic tales of grief and thought.
The study skips between two states,
But soon must fold back on its tracks,
Its solitudes and sufferings.