by Ronald Pies, MD
I’ve set aside
my prescription pad
and analytic calm—
dropped all pretense
it’s you and me now,
against death’s ribs.
what tricks I know
to keep you living
through another bony night,
of final phone calls.
And you, as always, refuting life:
denaturing love, companions, sex.
Well, you leave my office alive.
That’s as close
as our work gets.
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