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Carla Schwartz

Umbilical

I dreamt my son
was safe downstairs
outside my sleep
his friend appeared


the cat woke too
& slinked behind
the boy’s bare feet
with muted whines


the  loud  knocking
shattered my wake
but seconds passed
before I could make

out what he meant
this best sentinel
by He’s not breathing
the needle         the Fentanyl

How He Leaves

His cat slinks the corners of his room,
confused. His slender fingers cradle
the ghost of a needle.

In even intervals,

his mother pounds his chest
     against

despair

between

shouts

between

wails

About the Author

Carla Schwartz’s poems have been widely published and anthologized, including in The Practicing Poet, and in her collections, Intimacy with the Wind, and Mother, One More Thing. Her CB99videos youtube channel has 2,000,000+ views. Learn more at her website or blog, or find her on Twitter or Instagram @cb99videos.

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