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Wednesday, August 10, 2022


by Devon Balwit

A mind in a body, we want
the body not to suffer,
but bodies must learn
what illness is. To avoid
unpleasantness is to leave them
vulnerable to reinfection.
How tempting are blister-packed
nostrums when better
is to roll in our fever sweat
and full inflammation, each cell
a diligent student
of never again.

Devon Balwit is trying to put her final days of isolation to good use and is crossing her fingers against her own rebound.