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Emergency and Emergence

because they said wait here
five minutes
but after ten the doctors rushed
to beeping machines

and the scar is proof
you did not die

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because they’d pitched
their tent above
the groundsheet of your body
and pulled our tether
taut as a guy line

and still a mask peered over canvas
saying less laughter please
I’m rearranging you
in stitches

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because your body is hale
as a glistening seashell
opening a shelter then
sealing shut its completion

and your scar knits pain
into strings of pearled tissue

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because it cuts across a rift
as cleanly as a smile

but it is your own mouth
that opens in speech