A Pulse

by Rae Armantrout

Find the place
in silence
that is a person

or like a person
or like not
needing a person.


After the heart attack
she fills her apartment
with designer accents—

piece by piece.


This is a bed,
an abiding
at least,

close to lastly
but nicer.


Light changes:

anxiety refers
to this

as next
tears itself off


A hospital calendar
shows the sun going down
on an old-time,
round, lime-green


Just a quick trip back
to mark the spot
where things stop
looking familiar.

Made to Seem, 1995.

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