Poems of the Week


by Julia Griffin

“New Zealand woman discovers surgical instrument ‘size of a dinner plate’ left in her body
after operation: Woman suffered abdominal pains for 18 months after caesarian section until scan
revealed an ‘Alexis retractor’ had mistakenly been left inside her”
The Guardian

A medic—a rather bad actor—
Forgot an Alexis retractor
In someone’s C-section,
Escaping detection
Until it had virtually cracked her.

The verdict (it wasn’t redacted)
Condemned what the negligent quack did:
“One purpose of checks is
Detecting Alexis:
Make sure your retractor’s retracted!”