Untie the cotton gown before
the eyes roll back.

            Oxygen machines its breath
into your sleeping form.
            When I turn blue
remember me as sky.
            White I am sky,
cellulose, leaf-like.
            Membrane displayed as
a trail of snowflakes
            or row of skirted dolls
(with kissing knees).

            Days in a day. Hours
scissor through me.
            The promise of forever
at the end of every line
            my hands write, wait
many fingered.
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