An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine

Barnacled to the Bone

by Stephen C. Middleton

Barnacled to the bone
   cannula     ague
   attached to drip trolley & drain
Psyche and soma dark
The Black Hole feeds
Doubts out of Lowry
                       Jackie Mac
Question idiom & impulse
(Marked cards)
Pain skews every equation
Erosion, swollen, stenosis –
Curvature, nerve damage
Delights sparkle through static
In a plastic world,
In spite ofs
So cold in the hospital
A poet can’t hardly sing
Hurry down sunshine
See what tomorrow brings.


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