The Great Undoing

Unraveling now, this body,

after years of use and overuse,

minutes spent sweeping, driving,

eating, talking, fixing things

and now, in the last one-third of my life–

this body is separating from this soul,

going north by northwest in small

increments, a festival of fragmentation,

a dandelion in the mouth of the wind.

–from “The Great Undoing” in To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2011) first published in Journal of the American Medical Association.

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