Bilateral Bleed

cerebral aneurysm, coma, spinal
meningitis, cardiac arrest, amnesia,
hydrocephalus, paralysis, permanent
brain damage

My mistake was interrupting
his death with a white light
I didn’t fully comprehend.

I thought I was helping.
And to whom shall I say that,
for forgiveness, for alarm?

Debra Esarey received her MFA from the University of Arizona. She has published work in several journals, and has taught English at two universities which led her to gain a commercial driver's license. She can back a 53' trailer into a walk-in closet.
*Photo courtesy of alles-schlumpf.
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