Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

E. W

Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

E. W

Article excerpt

Your purpled, parchment forearm

lodges an IV needle and valve;

your chest sprouts EKG wires;

your counts and pulses swarm

in tendrils over your head

on a gemmed screen: oxygen,

heart rate, lung power, temp

root you to the bed-

Magna Mater, querulous, frail,

turned numerological vine

whose every brilliant surge

convolutes the tale,

translates you to a life

shining beyond our own:

Come back to the world

we know the texture of-

demand your glasses back,

struggle into your clothes,

lean on me as you walk

into the summer dark

where you'll find once more your breath

and scold the wasted night.

Above us, satellites vastly wink. …

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