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What's Going to Kill You by Jayne Marek

What’s Going to Kill You

by Jayne Marek

published in Black Horse Review (January 2, 2021)

How secretive it can be, swimming the long courses

of your body’s fluids, nosing against veins and bowels.

Synapses light up as it passes. How you think about it

doesn’t change its intention, whatever the direction

it explores, beating past your eardrums, festering a little

in your alveoli. It’s not urgent, it’s slow to take,

not fixed like thin lilypad goblets in the quotidian pond

of their lives. Think how their roots shift, down in mud

while leaves unroll at the surface, flatten out like hearts.

What’s going to kill you never limits its reach.




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