Just at the moment                  maybe the perfect moment
my first MRI—back trouble
in the waiting room
a message I’ve gotten before
(Haven’t you?)

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The dancers are                                   spread out
in three rooms in the Phillips Collection, they
strain in rehearsal rooms
stretch at the barre
lounge in the dressing room
not on stage                                                     not yet
not all that pretty
these Degas dancers

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About the message in the waiting room
a girl moved so quickly                                    like a black comic book blot
from her chair              to the MRI van
me                  waiting for my disk
(no pun intended)
me                   wanting to read The American Scholar
(can you imagine, in a waiting room?)
but the man                             waiting for the girl
he wanted to talk, was dying to talk
And what could I do?
After all                                   I was reading about
the brain          and                  empathy

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