What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?
Body mounded in rough white blankets. Your neck
and face taped with tubes of yellow drip, mouth wide.
For hours, I watched you, a goldfish in a glass
bowl, waited for you to swim. No words.
Beep, Beep, Beep
you were still alive, mechanically. Your voice –
bleeding my ears and your brain, artery rupture,
another chance to swim, slim. Normal life, they said never.
I said goodbye to your hands, perfectly manicured
bright red. Bright red like the lock of hair
peek-a-booed from the slit in the gauze. I waited,
watched for the slightest movement, none.
Swim goldfish, from this glass bowl. Until white
is all that is left, from tubes and tape. Freedom.