Born in 1949, Michael Blumenthal is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently And (BOA Editions, 2009), and Dusty Angel (1999), which received the Isabella Stewart Gardner Prize... More >
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Now come the purple garments, now the white;
Now move the vagrant beds among the disinfected halls;
Now stretch the opaque hose between the antiseptic rooms:
I waken: and she looks at me.
Now droops the freshly propped-up pillow like a ghost,
And like a ghost she sets it right for me.
Now lie the intravenous tubules by the door,
And all the body's ills stare openly at me.
Now drifts the slim physician on, and leaves
His clipboard hanging like a thought in front of me.
Now folds the young nurse all her aprons up,
And slips her lovely bosom in a waiting car:
And so desire folds itself as well, and slips
Into my arms, and then is lost in me.