Nude Male with Echo

Nude Male with Echo

If my knuckles
were still in their original
alignment, a row slowly
cresting in the middle

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Limited Mobility

Limited Mobility

Life is stenotic.
Creeping through narrow hallways, wondering what opportunities exist behind closed doors,
I think about the life of an optical illusion.

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Soliloquy in Blue

Soliloquy in Blue

Those hands of yours can forge new life
by carving organs from their old constraints
and grafting them in those whose own
have failed. I've seen your hands take up a knife

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Jackson Hall

Jackson Hall

Forgive us, sir, if in the course of carving
Your cheeks and neck and eyelids we forget
That here's a tongue that's permanently starving,
And here are eyes that closed with great regret;

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The Bosom-Serpent

Excerpt from: I carry these birds in my hands

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

You need to know –
            that behind that white lab coat and stethoscope
            behind that warm and caring smile
            which seems engaged and engaging

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Nightswimmers

Nightswimmers

Night, a hush falls in the ICU
A lullaby of humming fluorescents, beeping monitors
Nurses move with economy
Doctors on a brief hiatus from rounding

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Last week on the hospice ward

Last week on the hospice ward

Hear tell of mathematical models to predict animal behavior:
sanguine slaughters cyclic like simple harmonic motion;
altruistic self-sacrifices when b exceeds c;
lichen, june bugs, nematodes, vertebrates,

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