BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

Prodigal Skin

 

 

 

 

The Circumcision of Christ, Albrecht Durer, c.1505, WikiArt.org

 

 

I have waited a long time
to address what was removed
without my consent
with limbs pinned down
in the name of a greater good.

 

Without the preliminary discussion
that should have taken place
with parents and medical personnel
and me – if I had not been eight days’ old at the time
and had been aware of the stakes.

 

And the greater good?
a marker of identity?
a badge of religious constancy?
a prophylactic against disease?
a constraint on sexuality?

 

I never understood why
male circumcision was considered
until very recently
a custom beyond criticism
a practice beyond reproach.

 

Whilst its female counterpart
has been the stuff
of international scrutiny
for as long as I can remember
a target of concern.

 

Don’t get me wrong.
I am not for ablation under (almost) any circumstances.
I just want to hear an argument that explains
why male cutting does not female cutting cut
–  and please give me back my foreskin.

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