Monday, June 13, 2011


Writers, blood donors
Left weaker but stronger
By transference of essence

A stranger benefits, or else
Red pouches of rectangular life
Rest untouched on dusty shelves

Nurses & librarians
In hospitals for bodies & minds
Blood & books on carts with bar codes

Your blood is inside of you but it is not helping anyone
Your blood is only noticed in emergencies


  1. The second line is the most interesting to me because I read it wrong the first time. I took it first to indicate the left side of the body where not only the heart is, but also the left side of the brain--where all those vocabulary words and grammar rules are kept.

  2. Very interesting. A case where an error makes it better.

    (One might say at first you didn't read it right---you read it *left*...)