A Mural For The Hospital
by Jesus Moses

(Illustrated by Shona MacPherson)




i am burning down everything
i can’t touch
from the clouds to the internet
to you, friend

i am pouring out every little
bottle

i wake up with kidney pain and
remember every face
i saw at the hospital
during those two years.

i am cleaning the glass of every little
bottle

today the sky drooped a little
i held it up with one hand
as i caught every single green light
on the way to nowhere.

i’ve made the glass so clear these little
bottles
are invisible.

music falls between
boards of the ceiling
kind of

as i refill every little
bottle &
place them back on the shelf

i bring you, friend, and every
friend very close to me &
i hold them all
in a group hug
very tightly
& smile a large, thin smile,
as some of the breath leaves everyone

in the hug,
i expire

and everyone goes back
to what they were doing
kind of
everyone but me
becomes normal again
kind of


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jesus moses lives in chicago

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