My father lost
His taste for chicken tandoori
When his graduate student,
Mr. V.N. Naipoor, sent
His best greetings from the Cardiac
Care Unit at University Hospital.

My father watched
The heart monitor rise and fall.
Naipoor suffered
No ill effects but left
Academics for a corporate
Career with Dow.

In the Skilled Care Unit,
My father ordered
Chicken wings and described
The biochemistry of loss
As pine trees snapped and fell
In a sudden summer storm.

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