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Flooded

A-fib grabs me by the chest

IV’s flooded in;

ER noises clang and pulse

Squealing through my head!

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IV’s flooded in;

Monitors and EKG’s

Oxygen for me.

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ER noises clang and pulse

Graph my wheezing breath

Isn’t flu, but asthma too!

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Squealing through my head

X-rays blink; nurses link

me to an overnight!

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FANTASMAGIC CARE !

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Poem to a Stranger

floodedHouse
I dreamed
you moved into my house,
a stranger,
with all your prescriptions,
favorite chair,
all your needs.

There were 60 more,
just like you.

My house was occupied.
My car
phone
pocketbook
taken.

All my personal space.
Privacy.

I stopped breathing…
Afraid to share.

Then my first floor flooded.
We rescued each other.
All of us
familiar,
treading water.

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