Thursday, August 9

As if in tending

As if in tending

As he was once he was a monster

As the O-ring encircles his throat
I play him Billie Holiday on the radio

As a father he was
a storm door slamming

As an intubated being
he has no glasses no watches no anger
as the monsteronce voids out

As the horizon moves beyond intensive
they celebrate a birthday at the nurses’ desk

As the I in witness I intended tending

as the palliative places glasses in
cases watches in plastic

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