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Waiting is a sculpture you chisel
day in and out. Shape and reshape
until you can release it to the earth’s
gravity. Winter, the tenacious
Woodpecker, chips away at my skin,
Keeping it fresh and hungry for spring.
In sterilized, naked corridors
outside intensive care units,
you hoist your waiting. This is
where you test its tensile strength.
Its brittleness. Doctors and nurses
hold it for you. Sometimes it still
gives in. Submissions, exams, job
interviews, marriage proposals, flight
intervals — the sugar rush of waiting.
The sculpture becomes a chemical
substance. You’re drawn to it more
than that which you once waited for.