a river flowed
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