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Suzanne Heagy, PhD
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Editor’s Note: “‘Waiting Room’ was first imagined when my husband underwent emergency heart surgery in 2005. I am currently fiction editor at Kestrel, the literary journal of Fairmont State University.”

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;139(3):717. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0498
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The sky is coming back to me.
   I dead-headed the garden’s white begonias
        and all but one has come back.
Today I looked for the perfect love poem
like an empty flour canister
hands as large as heat and wood
   many branches of a green tree
        like a mountain I love to climb.
What else can a lover do?
“Our bed burns with roses, ending an age of ice.”
Come back to me like a well lit room
after too many nights in a field.
I’ll lay you down gently as an ear-ring
found in the grocery store parking lot.
Come back like a swollen door
   that won’t close
no matter how hard the enemy kicks it.




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