Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   February 2019
Hyphenated
Author Notes
  • This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2018 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.
    This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2018 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   February 2019
Hyphenated
Anesthesiology Newly Published on February 7, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002632
Anesthesiology Newly Published on February 7, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002632
They make room to cut you away,
slice into me, flop organs out.
For six months my belly was warm with you,
but they have found something is broken,
and declare me inhospitable.
Now six pairs of hands sever us,
slip you up to your neck
into a plastic bag for warmth.
Their work so swift, so quiet,
this murmured well-lit war
blood-colored sterile blue.
But still, a depth of ancient mother-ache
finds me, flood-welling earth of knowing,
a sudden and new gravity in your silent arrival.
They piece me back together,
and work and work to bring you
back from blue and do,