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Mercury Turned Silent For Me


Chris Allen Clark

Mercury turned silent for me
Once…just once…when young
A baby listens from the incubator
A shunt for a new born…tough
In Touch with life and what life shall bring
Two men stand in the hallway of the Baptist Hospital
Talking of a New Orleans Saints game
Even then, just six weeks old, I was clairvoyant
Listening to them talk and say words I understood
Even then…I understood

Today I am 36 with the same shunt in my head
A thermometer I bite in two, a BP pill I swallow
Water, clear, fresh water. I wish I could swim
This lake we fished as children
Today I am 36 with tubes in my head invented by man
I shall be invented by man and no one else.
Do you hear me? No one else.

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