Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First Aid

Wound Care Nurse

She calls with news
a tear on my mother’s arm
protocol dressed as a courtesy
done up in a silky drawl
lifts her clinical skirts and sashays forth
with some down home reassurance
“the skin’s just so thin”, stretching
thin just as thin as thin can be
“on her little ole’ arms.”
A quick wound care primer
application of steady pressure
broad spectrum antiseptic and a light
general dressing before we end
the call, before I can confess
to worrying our angry red scars
reopening these tender old wounds.   

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