02 November 2012

Theodore Gabriel

there he is his
heart beating in
a field of stars

an astronaut
or test pilot
on the ultra-

sound screen and then

the week he fell
in slow motion
the coupling gel

applied again
and again by
the technician

so sorry said

as she wipes off
your belly and
pulls down your blouse

four days later
he crashes in
a blaze of sheets

and frantic towels

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