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

 

Anxiety

Atavin

Teams of nurses, more medicos, the

Doctor

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

Dinner

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

Gratitude

First on the inside

Then start writing notes

 

C L Couch

 

heart mended

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