You are working,
At the hospital.
You fix people who need fixing.
They come in everyday seeking
Desperate desperate assistance.
A man comes in holding his left arm in his right hand.
You stitch it back to his shoulder.
Terrible accident on the highway.
A boy lies unconscious in his wailing mother's arms.
You staple the skull back together.
Stairs can be tricky things to three-year olds.
You are a healer.
You weld broken bones with alloys
Alot of hips.
The elderly need railings in the bathroom.
You cure sniffles with lollipops
They always are trying to skip school.
You are Friendly and Approachable
Responsible and Hardworking
An Asset to the Institution.
You perform your duties dutifully.
You are to oversee a quadruple bypass.
Of a young girl who has
A weak heart.
She lies there bare
Modesty veiled only by a thin cotton
Across a steel table of appropriate size.
Many have lay there before her.
And so will many more after.
She inhales deeply.
Breathing is necessary, she notes.
Goosebumps begin to form on her arms-
Dreaded chicken skin.
As if I could be anymore unglamorous, she thinks.
She starts to shiver.
Was she cold from the room?
The air conditioner produced a low consistent hum.
The air purifier joined the chorus.
Or was she feeling the icy grip of of of-
Bony fingers slipping tightly
Around her ankles?
She kicks instinctively into the air, violently, shuddering at the thought.
She is alone.
She is alone in a room that decides her tomorrow.
You are observing her.
She does not know that.
She shares with you the intimacy of her deepest thoughts
Her greatest fears
Through her glassy, vacant eyes.
You do not even know her name.
You distance yourself from patients who you think
May not get better.
You watch as her calm frame jerks in sudden silent rebellion of reality.
Something leaps within your own heart.
You want to save her.
You want to save her and you will.
The team assembles
Right on time.
They get to work
Attaching wires to her fingers
Hooking up beeping machines
The room bustles with activity
A blur of motions.
Yet all you see
Is her purple heart.