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In the Dark

My blood searches my skin, pining for air, Beating in time on the thickening walls, Evading the clock the body has set, Bounding from the heart like a summoned friend. (I think I am quiet, there are times...
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The Distance Ratio

It was a question that, in the beginning, struck me as rude and intrusive. But it passes the time. Besides, they never question why you ask; the right to dignity is something most have long since surrendered. ...
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Muscle Memory

The pounding of the heart feels like it is going to break through her chest. Stephanie pulls at her light green gown, ignoring the tubes and pull of the needles in her hand. She’s used to the small holes in her...
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Pie

Losing a thumb was no way to start the day.  But there hers sat wedged firmly between the worlds of the living and what was about to be lost.  It was rather gnarled, flattened yet remarkably intact.  It stung i...
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The Sound of Thunder

At first I thought it was a rock, but as I got closer I could see that it was a good- sized snapping turtle. Its upper shell was muddy, dark brown, featureless as a worn stone. Its shell alone might have measur...
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Family Photos

“Yeah, I remember a 22-I on this street a while back when some guy drove his bike right into the median, flipped him right off it.” The paramedic speaks faster as he accelerates into the shoulder, past the stop...
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Pecky

The unit is a train wreck. All fourteen beds on our ICU step-down unit are full. All fourteen of our patients are critical: heart attacks, sepsis, a drug overdose on suicide precautions, and several chronic ...
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Do I Hear What You Hear?

I am no singer, and I can supply numerous witnesses to corroborate this claim. Nonetheless, I like to sing along with the radio, and I enjoy singing in church. In fact, I had no idea how much singing meant to m...

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