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a river flowed

Posted to Action Poetry

out of my veins
while i sat on a table in the gymnasium today

the river pulsed through a crimson tube
and opened into the mouth that was the blood bag

twenty minutes of my natural, life-supporting platelets
flowed from my arm into the ballpoint pen sized needle.

the nurse gave me a sticker that says:
"Be nice to me, I gave blood"

My stomach was on a rollercoaster ride,
queasy each time I clenched my fist,
and then the ride was over, and I felt okay.

I just helped save a life