Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   March 2020
Intensive Care Psychosis
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 31, 2020.
    Accepted for publication January 31, 2020.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   March 2020
Intensive Care Psychosis
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 2, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003218
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 2, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003218
Egged on by the televisions across the hall,
walls taunt, threaten to close in. Hoping they
won’t hear, you whisper. That Mardi Gras
parade in your room at 2 a.m. should be reported;
sleep black behind your eyes has been stolen,
replaced with electric blue. Masks—and other
evidence—are in the closet marked supplies.
Atmosphere presses against my ears as if we were
diving too deep. Pulse thunders; I grab the arm
of a passing nurse, sputter clotted panic. She
spins in a slippery grace, clicks: “temporary,
not uncommon in ICU,” and whirrs away.
Your fitful hand trembles and leaps in mine.