the healing muse

Volume 4, 2004

Anniversary of the Diagnosis

Susan Sample

When the snow stops
and the vast sky
is ground into silence,
I have no where
to look

but here: inside
where the black metal casement
of the window
is a retractor holding open
the walls of my chest; pushing
aside my ribs
until I am forced to

see fear so raw
it still fails to bleed.

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