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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Three, September 2013

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POETRY VOGEL EMERGENCY ROOM MARK VOGEL Len whispers, Blood in my stool, like we've reached essential truth, as if conversations for decades have been mere decoration, pats on a child's head because uncle didn't have the words to speak. For the young and old eventually expression blossoms into musical collage. Fragile stoic Len states: If it is cancer, it will be the small intestine, not the prostrate, as a technician and two nurses poke and probe, checking his blood pressure. Thirty minutes later, without turning on searching eyes, Len mouths I'm not right, like a mystical condition, choosing not to remember elegant barfing before nursing home friends all concerned, all aware how many die exposed, in public. In a family someone with dignity takes on the duty to pass on communal wisdom. Len looks to me, and says I need to have a bowel movement, and I hold him stable, frazzled, as we touch more than we ever have, so that everything is revealed, while he pretends, smiling, that all is usual. ARDOR | 22

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