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The Pacemaker FREE TO VIEW

Rebecca Lee
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Editor’s Note:The author writes, “I wrote The Pacemaker because I believe that we all must have help catching our breath sometimes.”

Charlottesville, VA

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

Chest. 2016;150(5):1158. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.06.017
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    I sit inside the mechanics of a body worth hoping for. Caved back before the back, I am hollow inside.

    The breath juts forward.
    I heard that hearts can be sucked on from the deepest parts of an ear. One word spoken and the beat bears down.


    The word is biting. Through the arrhythmic tremor and into the heart’s pulp, calculated syllables breathe easy.

    The heart wobbles.

    I hold steady.
    Like a metronome made of lithium and titanium, I am solid. With stoic persistence and a calming predictability, I deaden the passion.

    I slow the heart.
    It beats with tentative attachment.




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