RWB Workshop Poem of the Week – November 14

Poem of the Week 11/14/17

Elinor Mattern

Cardiac Nurse

The doctors say she’s very good at it,
she tells me in her South African lilt. A skill that’s rare.
Is called on when surgery requires someone who can stand still
and hold a heart in her hands without moving for hours.
No food. No water. Little breaths. A sacred trust.

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