Kanye’s Digestive System

This I taught to a sixth grader—

                            mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus

—but there’s so much more to it than that.

              The bile from the liver.

              The sections of the small intestine—

                            duodenum, jejunum, ileum.

              The sections of the large intestine—

                            ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon.

              And some go so far to note the sigmoid colon.

                            Wikipedia says,

                                                         of this in particular,

                                                                                             “normally lies within the pelvis,

                            but on account

                                                        of its freedom of movement

                                                                                                          it is liable to be displaced.”

                                                                                                                              Oh god, the uneasy organs.

              All the sphincter muscles (just like the ones in our eyes).

              All the peristalsis.

              Even a vestigial organ.

I love the digestive system. The bits about how long the small intestine is.

              The small intestine in an adult human measures on average about 5 meters (16 feet), with

              a normal range of 3 - 7 meters.

              It can measure around 50% longer at autopsy

                                                                                              because of the loss of smooth muscle tone

              after death.

How they will go on to say,

                                                  That’s the height of a giraffe!

                                                                                                  The length of a Humpback Whale calf at birth!

              The length of the letters individually undone in this very book!

The length of my cooing for Kanye!


Kanye must know, from his year in China, that there,

                                                                                               the heart is not what controls love.

It is the stomach, the gut,

                                             that which moans in the night.

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