Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   March 2020
Surgery: The Night After
Author Notes
  • This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2019 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.
    This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2019 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.×
  • Accepted for publication January 29, 2020.
    Accepted for publication January 29, 2020.×
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Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   March 2020
Surgery: The Night After
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 2, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003212
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 2, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003212
Soft light floats in from the hallway,
embracing the narrow bed.
I lie cradled by
nurses’ low laughter.
I capture the glow,
Cup it in my hand, wrap
Fingers around it, watch it
Pulse, this heartlight.
They opened the leg.
That is yesterday’s knowledge.
Tonight
I am without sensation.
Rough spots march down that thigh.
A line of ants? But no, stitches.
Hot to the tip of my finger.
This army holds me together.
Ah! Silver socks! I see them now,
Adorned and adding warmth.
One silvery toe ignites the
Other. Angelic fireworks.
Light dims.
Eyes close.
I send sleep to my parts as we