by Larry Pike

Of course it’s precautionary, probably
will be discontinued once the echo
results are back, but being handed
the nitro scrip jolts the pulse,
stimulates sharp, darting pains,
which would seem contraindicated.
I feel a searing sensation accompanying
the removal of tapes securing sensors to my chest,
where I finger a suddenly smooth spot,
considering a future that feels
like someone else’s, tastes
fleeting under my tongue.

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