1. A Mystery
They say the Lord works in mysterious ways;
And so the coma lasted for nine days.
2. Two of a Kind
My raked and spotted hands remind me of
The hands of someone I once loved who died.
The doctors seem unable to agree
On which of several problems is the worst:
Aortic tear; blood clot above the knee;
Unwillingness to breathe; or constant thirst.
4. A Stranger
I have been home, now, from the hospital
For seven months—no, it is almost eight—
And yet I sometimes think I am there still,
And that a stranger eats meals from my plate.
A foul-mouthed goat who smoked and drank too much
Came back without a vice but on a crutch.
Moving among the living once again,
I start to miss the place where I had been.