Scalpel Time, Mr. Mann

Random thrills on the highway
of life. Broken parts litter.
Time to fix. So he sits
for his portrait. A sepia
marvel lying in a bath
of acid. Age eaten away,
limbs fluid as rain.
Air brush reconstruction.
Letters accumulate as in
a text. Look: a whole
body slipping out of
the birth canal. Then:
a mouth in 12-point type.