The Man Who Lost his Face

I was reading about Dallas Wiens who, while working inside

an hydraulic arm,  brushed against powerlines while painting

a church roof: how God  sizzled through him  but burnt

his face away; the word ‘debridement’ came up, the practice

of removing dead tissue, fat, muscle so a transplant could take place;

and I thought, hey! isn’t that’s what it’s like when you’re burnt

by fast and furious love? the high voltage thrill and fury that knocks

the heart sideways and scars it till the scorched pieces can be debrided,

a lovely and awesome word that suggests a young bride being ripped

from your side: ‘debrided’ , oh wow!

8 thoughts on “The Man Who Lost his Face

  1. I’ve been looking it up, Matthew, chasing it down the rabbit hole of origins; it seems most likely to come from old Germanic meaning ‘to unbridle’ in the sense that removing dead tissue is like removing constricting bands, bridles’ from a surface, usually human skin; whew, it was quite a chase; as you know I’m fascinated by words:) keep well, Matthew; stay in touch 🙂 0ver and out 🙂

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