We Watched a Mystery on TV in Your Hospital Room

Books UPS
taped and labeled, my proxy
before I landed in Shreveport where a shunned bullet
path stuttered like a roman candle,
and a bag of chips fell from a vending machine
waiting to be rescued.

The footage shows your blood on asphalt,
a handprint on the driver’s side above the window.
They’ve found a warehouse of pain meds.
Go back to Herby K’s to see if the ladies there
can reveal anything about medical coverage.

They pieced together your fragments
with steel plates, screws, and bone grafts.
Elevators stop at secret floors and flash red lights.
The press is in a feeding frenzy.
We need all the onsite intel we can get.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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