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Martha Phelan Hayes, MA, British Literature
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Editor’s Note: The author is an English professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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Chest. 2013;144(3):1080. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0232
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The yearning can be simple.
A good parking space,
exact change.
Or more.
A lab technician, dreaming
of a girl who works in the coffee shop,
the curve of her lower back, the tiny
tattoo on her right shoulder.
Of me
my blood-smeared slides
so utterly unremarkable, my cells
as ordinary as my long brown hair.
I can wish for red high heels,
blonde highlights, a dark-haired stranger
to kiss me in the back of a used bookstore
on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
For now anyway.




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