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Emergency Room, (redux)


Young woman pushing stroller and wheelchair

Wheelchair man

His right eye a red puffy slit

A boxer’s eye

Tries to rise out of his circumstances

Foiled immediately

By wheelchair




In my condition

The clearest indication of


Is my ability to keep a promise




Ex-priest ex-drunk

tells of final suicide morning

February frogs croaking

Behind St. Anne’s Rectory

4 o’clock in the morning

Ready for rehab

A question of faith


If I say I believe in the Three Jewels

But take refuge in norco

In what do I really believe?



[Originally published in NHS 2006, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs06/Olmsted.htm.]