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Brought to you by the students of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Benjamin Cox

 

daddy strollers you into rehab

      like he’s being punished;

eight year olds should run and play –

      first born son’s a vegetable.

 

pretty PT girls rubber band your

      [arms] and [legs]to a metal cage

and try to sqeeeeeeze out movement

      like torturers seeking confession.

 

your only words are

straining stare,

CLENCHED JAW,

dog-like panting

from pumping

puny, atrophied muscles

to the t-a-u-t--b-a-n-d’s plastic twinge.

 

you stop.  

             catch breath.  

                                 eye me in corner.

                                                           make goofy grin at me,

                                                           because you and I are the only boys

                                                           in a room full of girls we both know

                                                           have cooties.

 

I watch them unhook your useless limbs,

waddle you back to the wheelchair.

 

I wonder which cardinal sin

you or anyone else could have committed

to earn the pine tree that fell on your head,

crushing your skull,

while you rode your first bicycle.

 

I wonder, then I wheel you to the waiting room.

 

Shadowing at Neuro Rehab

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About the author:

 

Ben is a first year med student who once contracted cooties at MEDVOUC.

 

About the artwork:

 

"Skeleton Study 1" is charcoal and chalk on newsprint and was drawn by second year med student Allison Ng.