TRANSPLANTS – Stephen Mead

                                   Transplants
 
Supply and demand----
Two coats, even in July, one
wool, hooded, the other matching
sweat pants. Underneath?  Long
johns.
 
Feel better?
 
He needed air, on bad days especially,
especially when the tide came in, when
the wheelchair was too obdurate, when
effort was a graft some small hope
provided and waiting was a list
 
as the kidneys gave up,  the heart
thickened cells, rare abnormality,
and donations were a trade-off remembered
 
later when forget
wouldn't take

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