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First Line: In this hospital odor
Last Line: Spokes down the hall.
Subject(s): Canaries; Nursing Homes; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


In this hospital odor
his wings behind the lacquered
brass tendons of his cage
are a pathetic fallacy,

raking away the cosmetics
of grouped vinyl chairs -
the plants arranged like
a high wax finish.

He sings into his striped
shadows of the sun,
as a wheelchair whispers
spokes down the hall.





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