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Lay Down Sally

Lay Down Sally

Dying on dialysis

I've known him

since my first days as a doctor,

and now he wants to quit.

I've been called

to write the sentence

that says he understands

the meaning of "no."

Seated on the corner of his bed,

I test him with questions

until Eric Clapton comes on the radio

picking "Lay Down Sally,"

and I drift off, thinking

this is one more riff I'll never master.

Though my white coat touches his gown,

he sees I'm gone and calls me back:
Remember when Clapton was God?

And we're in the days of Blind Faith,

comparing calluses on our fingertips

hardened from playing "Layla,"

and we agree dying is easier


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