Put a Bandaid on It

Diagnosed during cardio kick semester.
Thrice weekly high kicks and lunges,
crying, burning vagina-wound.

My options limited:
tell the professor
tell my advisor
tell the doctor

I portion absences like war rations,
panic when I have no more,
beg my advisor for an out.

I’m bleeding these days.

His hands are tied,
he says, without a doctor’s note
or disability waiver.

I call the OBGYN.
The doctor won’t talk to me,
but the nurse will,
“Can you shave the area?
Then put a band-aid on it.”

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