It served its purpose

Watercolor and ink painting of bilobal placenta. Eliza Clark 2023

The placenta. It grew alongside my baby, both tucked inside my womb, and let me nourish her. After she was born, the placenta was born. Mine was bi-lobed, with a knotted cord. Fleshy and bloody. Veins and viscera. An organ I shared with my child, briefly, destined for the medical waste bin.

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