Thursday, November 13, 2014


from NYU's ICU unit

you can see the 59th Street Bridge

but from where the bed is placed

and the equipment plugged in

you cannot see the ancient Pepsi-Cola sign

you could if you could stand up and walk

but you're tethered to an EKG machine

and punctured like a pin cushion with IV

pick lines of antibiotics

and you can do absolutely

without some nurse coming to help you

piss or shit or fetch something off a near-by table

some would appreciate such close monitoring

I think next time I'd rather die on the way to the hospital

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