I rise from the dead


My gift


I have brought myself

Back to life

A time or two


Inserted the IV

With my own hand

Cut through my skin

With my teeth

Spread my own ribs

Applied the volts

Of electricity

Directly to my

Dead heart

Shocked it

Until the heartbeat resumed

Normal sinus rhythm

Before the code

Was officially called

Body bag lying

Unused in the corner

Discharged myself

Against medical advice

Stitches raw


Loosely covered

In gauze

Walked out

The sliding glass doors

Wearing only

My hospital gown

And institutionally issued

Non-skid socks

Into the waiting night



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