Discharged from the Hospital after Heart Surgery

Discharged from the Hospital after Heart Surgery

By Nancy Chen Long

barely breathing, motionless
except his chest

new mechanical valve
pounds him from the inside
with every heartbeat
his shirt flutters
see it flounce
with every single beat

heart ticks tin
so loud others hear it
like a clock

or a bomb
he wants escape
incessant ticking
thuds in his ears

there’s no escape
maddening kick
every second
no escape

the doctor tells him
consider it a good thing
you’re still alive

i don’t care
he says
make it stop

– refers from  the words “escape,” “bomb,” and “luck” in Sister Calamity by Stacy Post

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