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Lung: for D.R. FREE TO VIEW

Judith Terzi, MA
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Editor's Note:Judith Terzi holds an MA in French Literature and lives and writes in Pasadena, California. She taught high school French for many years, as well as English at California State University, and in Algiers, Algeria. The author writes, “Lung’ was written as the result of a friend's (D.R.) sudden and rapid demise from stage 4 lung cancer. The time between diagnosis and death was 2 months.”

Pasadena, CA


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(3):745. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.03.036
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    We ate Shrimp Diablo     cut loose
        with margaritas     colossal
    sal
        startled     one doctor said
    maybe a rib re-broke     rib re-broke
        pain grew     and meds     then
    dolor
        another doctor said     stage 4
    we wished he had said     stage door
        pain gasped     pressed
    staggered     screamed     we searched
        for error     solution     illusion
    breath     breath     breathe in     you
        damp worn-out corrupted lung
    exhale nightmare     inhale lavender
        breathe out terror     inhale
    rose dew     mellifluous disguise
        wear a boutonnière of gardenia
    search for a white tux in your lobe-
        closet     bow tie     cummerbund
    slick your cilia     perfume your pleurae
        stroke yourself with relish
    of wish     you are swimming in the deep
        end     the deepest end     lung
    hold on to your breath     breath      breath
        choke the cells     may they
    evaporate     like steam     a well
        a spring     a smoke ring.


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