Saturday in CinCity

The Surgeon

by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

I was still a kid
interning at State
he reminisces late in the meal—
It was a young red-headed woman
looked like my sister
when the lines went flat
I fell apart
shook
like a car with a broken axle
Went to the head surgeon
a fatherly man
Boy, he said, you got to fill a graveyard
before you know this business
and you just did row one, plot one.

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  1. The dark sense of humor comes with the job.

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  2. An intense piece, the weight of the burden of life and death in one's hands must be heavy indeed...

    Love your new header image...

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  3. Hey, I've had to block access to my blog due to a crazy ex-husband. Please email me at knitblogger@cox.net so I can add you to the authorized list.
    Thanks,
    Rose

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  4. Whoa...so much truth...thank you..

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  5. I pulled a dead guy out of a car wreck that looked a lot like my dad once. Can you say CIS Debriefing? I was normally one of the debriefers and everybody kept asking ME if I needed it. I was just trying to hold it together long enough to go off duty...

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