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Aid and comfort: poems by Greg Johnson

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I am here as much as possible. I pet them, some of them it does so much good, they are so faint and lonesomeat parting at night sometimes I kiss them right & leftThe doctors tell me I supply the patients with a medicine which all their drugs & bottles & powders are helpless to yield. Walt Whitman, letters of 1863 Page ix CONTENTS I. Unacceptable Losses Aid and Comfort 3 Visiting the Sick 4 The Foreign Element 5 Last Words 7 A Death That Dare Not Speak . . 9 Withholding the Last Word 12 Elegy for a Marine 13 Spinster 15 Sexual Outlaw 16 Vanity 17 Safe Sex 18 Words for St.

I wish you could see the whole scene. This young man lies within reach of me, flat on his back, his hands clasp'd across his breast, his thick hair cut close; he is dozing, breathing hard, every breath a spasmit looks so cruel. He is a noble youngster,I consider him past all hope. Often there is no one with him for a long while. I am here as much as possible. I pet them, some of them it does so much good, they are so faint and lonesomeat parting at night sometimes I kiss them right & leftThe doctors tell me I supply the patients with a medicine which all their drugs & bottles & powders are helpless to yield.

No, I cannot, and instead try to get behind the washed-blue eyes of that young woman next in line, an updated version of housewife in her polo shirt and cropped hair, I'm pondering what she does or doesn't think or feel as she leans over her cart, squinting, and then seems to continue beyond the headline, another paragraph, maybe two her eyes open and blank and unreadable as the worldbefore reaching down with a grunt and slapping her hunks of meat down on the counter. " Then you went on to speak of August in the desert Southwest, the safe and intractable sun.

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