In the ICU

Hear my heart beatfirst poem
at one hundred beats per minute
Hear the groaning soldier
with a severed leg
Hear the screaming diabetic child

Numb from prednisone
and failing kidneys

One moment of clarity
“Sleep is like death.”

Afraid to close my eyes
Afraid to sleep

From A Flicker of Hope: Poems Written by a Wegener’s Granulomatosis Survivor in 2011

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