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"Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen

Saturday, January 5, 2013


The sound from the oxygenator swallows the room,
does the opposite of what's intended, making all of us
breathless. I can't stop staring at the air-bag. In the dimness,
the in and out motion of opaque plastic is so slight I imagine
it's fixed, not moving at all. But then I hear the dreadful drone
of your harsh attempts to breathe, see the faint rise and fall of
your frail chest and know it's working. However poor an excuse
for a non-heroic measure, it's working.

1 comment:

  1. wonderful description of the how the oxygenator "swallows the room" and "does the opposite of what's intended" This is a wonderful tribute and a fantastic example of true mindfulness.


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