Doctor

for Vivek Talwar, M.D.

The way he held you,

laid you back on the examination table

slowly, like a mother cribside

putting the baby down for a nap,

made something new happen.

You had been dizzy with a vertigo

that had no name, no passage

except the spinning . . .

–excerpt from “Doctor” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in The Cape Rock.

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