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by Chris Sorrenti

the miracle of modern medicine
whether nutrients and/or antibiotics
fed directly into the system

Be careful though
how you dance
with that faceless partner
even if on wheels
he or she’ll easily
tear your cathetered vein out
if not careful

All it takes is one inattentive moment
caught on the corner of walls
leg of hospital bed
while moving around to talk to visitors

And don’t forget to unplug the monster
to slip into the bathroom unnoticed
for a quick pee in a jar
one leg always sticking out the door
no matter which way
the contraption angled

A walk together
discovering new horizons
outside your assigned room

Obstacles to make you stumble
cracks in the floor or
where tiles join together
are especially good at tripping you up
but more so
other hapless souls on IV

And though you’ll curse it at times
for making you its prisoner
it is after all only a machine
meant to help you
though you’ll never again
take your freedom for granted

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Posted on 03/06/2017
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/07/17 at 05:14 PM

Well, this sounds very personal and hopefully not a permanent situation. You give details like the uneven floors, the one leg always sticking outside the bathroom door that make this vivid. I love the dance with the faceless partner. Thanks, Chris.

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