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Picture 10081296, late 19th century illustration, image copyright Mary Evans

The Students Encounter the Aorta
by Richard Westcott

 

Old Gray says it’s just one inch wide –

that’s thick as a broomstick.  You can grasp

this rising main, a slim tree trunk

which arches up to throw off branches

before plunging deep to disappear

in damp, dark, hungry places.

 

So get your fingers round that pipe –

cold and clotted, solid now

but once pulsating, hot and throbbing –

for this is where, in wondrous surges

it all comes from.  Or used to, when

it swelled far wider than a single inch.

 

 

© Richard Westcott

Picture 10081296, late 19th century illustration, image copyright Mary Evans

 

 

Richard Westcott (once upon a time a doctor) has had poems pop up in all sorts of places, won a prize here and there, and been listed, commended and highly commended in various competitions (including the Hippocrates, York Mix, Camden Lumen, Plough, and Poetry on the Lake).  He won the Poetry Society’s annual Stanza Competition in 2018, judged by Penelope Shuttle, with his poem ‘A Traditional Cure’.  A pamphlet, There they live much longer, was published by Indigo Dreams in March 2018, and his blog is at www.richardwestcottspoetry.com

 

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