Illustration: Cath Sluggett / Himal Southasian October 2009 print issue
Illustration: Cath Sluggett / Himal Southasian October 2009 print issue

Enter the body

A short story

Sixteen women disassemble themselves almost every night. It goes like this:

Hair first.
Earlobes.
Eyebrows.
Eyelashes.
(Inhale please.)
Nose.
Lips: upper and then lower.
Teeth.
Breasts: right and then left.
Buttocks: the firmer first.
Hips: together, as a set.
Nails of the toes.
Nails of the fingers.
Sex (unhook with caution, only once a month).
And so on.

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