Pectoriloquy |


Pamela S. Wynn
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “Due to a rare genetic disorder, I have had laryngeal surgery. I was able to write about my own experience of waking in recovery rooms once I gave up trying to be “medically correct,” literal, that is, about what actually occurs in such situations.”

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2010;137(3):736. doi:10.1378/chest.09-1883
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It’s impossible to say
what really happened—
tethered to the table drifting up
toward the opening in the sky
with only plastic tubes
to ground me
Words float back
and forth across the bed
like fall leaves
wafting piling up
on the floor
The stiff stem of a golden leaf
scratches below an earlobe
the loose layer of gravity
slides off onto the cold
tiles below
No one looks up
to see the sky open
Not one of them feels the gush
of warm wind rush in
to shepherd me away




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