Micah Timona Ferris

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I am aware of my lungs
my mosquito spine
holding my knees to my chin
as I wait
I ask if anyone has thought of playing
Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart here
we need to hear the heart-
rate monitors, she tells me
now be still
the sensation comes like crawling
– a thick sleeve of greenfly –
small things decoding as roses
her voice is round and deep
in the hum and flicker of that room
somewhere a persistent
heart is pumping

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