Building a Frog

by John Wooley


Guide the scalpel
with milk-wrinkled hands
fine-honed point tracing
delicate veins.
Gently peel back
transparent membrane, expose
organs, vessels.
Rest briefly, balance the point
on the tiny nerve
that runs down the leg
to the splayed foot.

They feel a sudden twitch
and jump
little wavy lines dissecting
all the ponds
in the universe.