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Chief Rez Says Hole in the Aorta in Room 2 FREE

Marc Mora, MD
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From Seattle, Washington

Current Author Address: Marc Mora, MD; e-mail, mora.mw@ghc.org


Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(3):166. doi:10.7326/M14-2324
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You did not see what happened tonight
on arrival your eyes, they closed
dressed in polish and leather shoes, well-made silk
flowing from your shoulders, the scent of cologne and glittering gold
an accomplished look written on this face of success
now you are a special kind of naked, a clothes cut off naked—the part
you did not see, a final color skin come over you
like a drained country—gray and still and far away
I expect you to explain how some things
so small—a 9-mm fleck of lead, the chief said—how imperfectly placed
to punch through your chest, silk to skin to lung to middle to lung
to heaven, I can find it chief says
a hole in the aorta in room 2—truth before team harmony
call the pharmacy—is their family?
pulseless, breathless, empty vessel floating in a sea, mopped up from the floor
which had to be clean for you mother
she was up way past her bedtime
she came as if dressed for church, a long wool shirt, a fancy hat
she left home the cat, wanting to see you
wanting not to see you, sobbing on the arm of an elderly friend
why go home, over and over and over
you did not see that tonight

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