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Education  |   August 2018
Liquid Lightness
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  • This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s first annual creative writing competition, The Letheon., k1a9t7e5@gmail.com
    This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s first annual creative writing competition, The Letheon., k1a9t7e5@gmail.com×
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Education / Mind to Mind / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Obstetric Anesthesia / Pediatric Anesthesia / Respiratory System
Education   |   August 2018
Liquid Lightness
Anesthesiology 8 2018, Vol.129, 367. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002262
Anesthesiology 8 2018, Vol.129, 367. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002262
I settle deeper in the chair as if in sediment,
becoming river, lake, water. In her cerulean
scrubs, scrubbing consciousness, she anchors me.
As I liquify, her voice follows me, languid.
It drifts below the water line, my words bubble
upward to bursting, sounds surfacing.
Beneath the surface, her face hovers above me
, and I attempt to relay this important detail:
I am water, I am all water. I have melted; I am adrift.
I float for days, for centuries, eons even.
Disintegrated, disinterested in everything but
being in this space: suspended, extended.
She is a siren, a mermaid, ushering me
from my unmoored state. I resist returning, preferring
liquid lightness and time spent in womb-like water waiting.