I took that tiny seriated knife
from the pumpkin carving kit
to fix the way my frown forms a rainbow arc,
both ends depositing gloom into my chin.
So I sliced upward, a northeast curve
through the Orbi Oris which is no ordinary
sphincter muscle, not when
the strata of fibers weave a web high up
into the face and down into the lips.
Unfortunately I sawed into the Buccinator set which
every at-home surgeon knows NOT to do,
so I said what the hell
and plowed on through the Modiolus
and the Maxilla like a pizza cutter.
I wish I hadn’t severed the Orbi Oculi because
it snapped like a tense rubber band, knocking out
the support system for that side of my face.
My cheek sent an avalanche of puffy flesh
slipping down the mountain,
a sight which caused my right eye to panic
and almost jump out of the window.
I really thought my nose might go at any moment.
The mirror is telling me I made a big mistake.
I should have practiced on my left side first.