after heart surgery


Back from There Again


I’ve been there before

Ten years and then five

I will return because

I have to—heart devices have

Shelf life




Teams of nurses, more medicos, the


I have seen since the beginning

A new machine this time

Each time smaller,

More refined

With cybernetic features

I am maybe the

Sixty-thousand dollar man

Thanks to Medicare

Saint Jude Institute


I am sore

Of course, I am

I was just cut into

Efficiently and in a civil way

No one hurried, yet

They were done with me in time for


Enjoyed with my sister

At a nearby place


I won’t be lifting, won’t be reaching

For a while

But I can express relief


First on the inside

Then start writing notes


C L Couch


heart mended

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