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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
    startled one doctor said
    maybe a rib re-broke rib re-broke
    pain grew and meds then
    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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