broken shadows


I hear “deep knife”

through the drugged haze

someone screams

my flesh torn by fire

broken shadow’s dance 


the saw whines

bones snap, and part

pale marrow leaks

the leg lies in the fire

turning to ashes


and dust to dust

exposed muscles weep

dead and gone

“muscular dystrophy”

sad-eyed doctor sighs


the surgeon wept

'you are stuck between

a rock and a hard place'

I gave him a hug

and prayed for release


I see my light

shining any day now

my release

when broken shadows

made whole with love

Bill Albert/Joy McCall

Paul Levy
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