We look at pictures of thinning bones.

The doctor uses words like

“Putting off the inevitable. . . .”

I think of other mysteries:

web-footed men beckoning from hedgerows,

licorice allsorts coating the tongue black . . .

. . . A trail of breadcrumbs vanishes

like bone on a dexa-scan.  Life is a little tune

played backwards. I must learn

to disappear


–excerpt from “Mysteries” by Donna Pucciani in Jumping Off the Train (Orchard House Press, Washington, 2007).  First published as part of an article in Journal of Medical Humanities and in Ariel.


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