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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 10:24 pm
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As I walk the speckled granite halls
of Mayo Clinic, hundreds pass,
I see now this is how
we all will live

putting one foot after another;
each of us trying to avoid disaster

my shaggy aorta is deep inside,              
silently cutting my ribs, my liver;
with each step, it sprinkles more yellow
mud down my legs, through my ankles,
into my toes

And with each elevator door
that whooshes open; with each                                                                              
new floor we arrive upon,                                                                                       
another poem steps out

one a woman: dimples, deep set
determined, an indication of discontent
in her eyes; her elbows and waist, her lips

another a man: a refuge perhaps,
lacking grace in his walk, looking a step
or two behind in a world a size too small

I suddenly think of my father,
a silent man who died, quietly,
a long and wasteful death;

I also think of you, almost out loud,                                                                           
on my way to see the surgeon

as I hold out my hands
and can’t touch the walls anymore I hope
someone, anyone will offer me a way back
just one more time

Last edited on Thu Feb 18th, 2010 10:29 pm by timmy

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