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ACCIDENTS by Linda Pastan

There is no infant
this time,
only my own life swaddled
in bandages
and handed back to me
like any new thing,
to hold to my bruised breasts
and promise to cherish.

The smell of cut
flowers encloses this room,
insistent as anesthetic.
It is spring.
Outside the hospital window
the first leaves have opened
their shiny blades,
and a dozen new accidents
turn over in their sleep,
waiting to happen.

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Acrylic on canvas

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Weight 60 oz
Dimensions 11 × 14 × 0.75 in
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