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A Haiku Sealed My Abdomen

close wounds with kind words
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Carrickmacross lace is very particular type of decorative embroidery. There are equivalents in other parts of the world, but all have common features: they are intricate, complex, require great patience, are timeless in their patterns and are considered very desireable.

Now turn your attention to the marks left as a result of surgical procedures. External wound closures are characterised by lines with rows of dots marking the sutures or staples. For a few these are worn like a badge, but for others they represent an ugly scar. For the latter, especially those undergoing non-emergency elective surgery, there is now the option of selecting a custom wound pattern outcome.

From a menu of lace edgings and other detailed patterns, those about to face the prospect of waking up with a sutured wound, can now choose its final appearance. This is because a new specialism has been added to the surgeon’s skill set: Wound Adornment.

Now instead of a row of identical metal clips, the instrument can be loaded with a large variety of staple types, including letter forms that can spell out short messages. A long wound might feature a Koan, or Haiku. Others may choose to have their wound embellished with fake teeth marks that look like they were attacked by a shark or other savage beast; some will simply select the highly decorative components of Carrickmacross lace.

Regardless of choice, a wound now becomes a feature that no longer needs to be hidden from view, but joins the tattoo and the metal implant as another form of fashionable body adornment.

xenzag, Nov 04 2020

https://en.wikipedi...Carrickmacross_lace [xenzag, Nov 04 2020]

Cassowary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassowary
Like much of Australia's indigenous wildlife, will make determined attempts to kill you. [8th of 7, Nov 05 2020]


       Ogham ?
8th of 7, Nov 04 2020

       I forgot to include hieroglyphics of all kinds along with the text. Even braille could be acheived with the right kind of modification to the stapling procedure.
xenzag, Nov 04 2020

       Are different verse forms allowed? - e.g. "A limerick linked my laparoscopy", "A clerihew connected my colostomy", etc.?
hippo, Nov 04 2020

       Of course - I was going to call this "Shakespeare Fixed My Appendix"
xenzag, Nov 04 2020

       A sonnet secured my cystectomy
hippo, Nov 04 2020

       Lends itself very well to Morse code I would think.   

       Doublestitch-stitch-stitch gap stitch-stitch gap stitch STAPLE doublestitch gap stitch-doublestitch-stitch gap stitch-stitch- doublestitch gap doublestitch-doublestitch gap stitch- doublestitch-doubletitch STAPLE doublestitch-stitch-stitch gap stitch-stitch gap stitch
RayfordSteele, Nov 04 2020

       Given the higher level of detail and precision required, a lacework stitching might do a BETTER job than simple staples, resulting in less scarring (apart from the intricate stitching...) due to the ability to "pull" in various directions at close spacing etc.
neutrinos_shadow, Nov 04 2020

       A robot of the type used for making wire-bonds on circuit boards might be used to make tiny golden stitches of the desired words.
sninctown, Nov 04 2020

       The whole idea is based around the lasting visual effect of the indents that remain once the staples or stitching is removed. Any means of establishing the pattern is part of the new skill set.
xenzag, Nov 04 2020

       The whole idea is based around the lasting visual effect of the indents that remain once the staples or stitching is removed. Any means of establishing the pattern is part of the new skill set.
xenzag, Nov 04 2020

       So, you wouldn't settle for standard stitching in a happy face design?
whatrock, Nov 05 2020

       Knot bad.
AusCan531, Nov 05 2020

       This is one of my favorite ideas of yours. I love lace. All lace. I'm not a fan of tattoos all over the body. This could be the "new" Tattoo. (God knows we need one).   

       I would even volunteer to have something removed or tweaked or whatever just so I could get one of these. "here take my appendix, I never use it anyway."
blissmiss, Nov 05 2020

       For an interesting selection of major, penetrating abdominal wounds we suggest keeping Cassowaries <link> as pets. They have a specially adapted toe for slashing with, and are of highly uncertain temperament ...
8th of 7, Nov 05 2020

       One of my favourite birds.
xenzag, Nov 05 2020

       We can understand that. How do you prefer them - roast, casseroled, or in a stir-fry ?
8th of 7, Nov 05 2020

       You'd have to train it not to be a pea-braned aggressive psychopath first. Good luck with that, since that's pretty much the definition of what they are ... a sort of avian Charles Manson, but with a bad attitude and built in edged weapons, Wolverine with 'roid rage.
8th of 7, Nov 05 2020

       Ah, there's nothing like a bit of the ol' lightning wit and repartee ... and that's certainly nothing like it.   

       Go and watch Marx Brothers movies for a few months, then try again. Don't bother with the early ones with Karl in them, tho - he spoils all the punchlines by banging on about dielectric maternalism, and the opinion of the mosses, and naturalizing the meals of prediction (presumably something to do with auguries).
8th of 7, Nov 05 2020

       Ok, wait, I know, do em after someone's autopsy. That leaves a big honking hole.
blissmiss, Nov 05 2020


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