Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Replicants


They spoke so calmly,
Laughed so heartily,
And compressed her chest so efficiently.

Everyone was uniformed,
Scrubs so freshly pressed
You’d slice yourself on their pleats.

One man was a stand-up comic
Simply masquerading as a nurse.
When he joked about her heart attack for the second time,
Everyone laughed like they hadn’t heard it before.

An author once said we’d know real humans by their empathy.
On Sunday night my eyes were opened.
I knew who in that room wasn’t a copy of the real thing.

She died in that hospital bed.
Those who walked out must have checked their humanity at the door.

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