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That First Night, the Hospital by Meg Eden

published in her book, Drowning in the Floating World

(Press 53, 2020)

That First Night, the Hospital

was the only thing left standing.

Those of us who got to it in time

sat on the third floor, praying. Thank God

for generators, why God, the generators--

that, unharmed, kept the lights on,

the only lights in our city? Outside,

Atlantis formed--my house

somewhere underneath us.

Over the dark, people floated, crying

for help, crying as if there was any way

we could get them out of the water,

as if there was any room here.

Someone shut the curtains. Even so,

we heard them until morning.

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