The Human Genre Project


Stones

How am I meant to encourage you
to tell me what is wrong.

I perch on the stranger’s side
of the bathroom door
in our home
listening to you cry
choked hollow sobs,

the sputtered trickle
of your sharp pee
breaking my heart.

Your bladder full of burrs.

Primary hyperoxaluria is a disease caused by a deficiency of alanine:glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT), which is encoded by a single copy gene, AGXT, located in 2q37 (Chromosome 2). Excessive oxalates are formed by the liver and excreted by the kidneys, causing a wide spectrum of disease, ranging from renal failure in infancy to renal stones in late adulthood.

Aiko Harman