My Wound Vac

I carry this machine around
like an elephant ear.

The implications
are hard to swallow.

Plastic hosing sucks
fluid from my wound

like an elephant taking
a drink with its trunk.

Heavy, bigger than
its actual size,

meaning is lost among
most,

as it is amongst
poachers.

But I know,

I know,
its meaning

like the elephant’s
footprint

on my throat.