Paul Archer - photo Paul Archer - poet, translator



Comfort Zones

"The patient is comfortable," reports
the doctor. What does that mean?
That he's so drugged up
he can't think of the limb cut off
when he couldn't be extracted
from the car crash in one piece
or view the parts of his interior anatomy
that have been obliterated

'He is comfortably off'. What does that
mean? Not that he is well off,
being well and comfortable
are not necessarily the same

Com - for - table. They've
come for the table and its cards
and stale water cups but nevertheless
I let them in because I'm feeling delirious
like I have a head on head on head on
making up the unbelievable
not waking up as I stare at a pale white
curtain, the white hospital bed's curtain,
and I do not feel comfortable about any of this.

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