She spoke almost dispassionately
of female genital mutilation, which
she had suffered as a seven-year-old,
nipping it in the bud so her mother said.
As he listened and cringed, his week-old,
umbilical hernia surgery ached as it
hadn’t for five days, but he knew hers
was the opposite of his circumcision;
her deep pain was permanent in its
numbness. He felt sick to his stomach.