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Pectoriloquy |

Peri-Operative Suite; first case FREE TO VIEW

Stacy Nigliazzo, BS, RN
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I wrote this poem in celebration of my experiences with surgery patients.” Stacy Nigliazzo is a nurse and the author of a forthcoming poetry collection.

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Chest. 2013;144(4):1417. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0403
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We talk about the incision line, and how the sutures
will cover the butterfly tattoo she hid from her father at fifteen;
and whether stage three is considered late;
and how the anesthesiologist will help her sleep,
and when the drip stops        how she’ll likely come back
   swimming;
hulling the blue air like wheat.
She counted seven, back from ten; her skin, the color of rain,
      and the blade guttered.


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