Sterile room.  Hospital bed.  Machines and masks.

A lifetime of treasures unappreciated, now longed for:

A sip of cool water.
The smell of rain and newly-mown grass.
Warm sunlight on red azaleas.
The sweet soprano song of a wren.
Your hair, like silk beneath my fingers.

My effortless breath.

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David Ross
David Ross(@david-ross)
3 years ago

The winning piece has the virtues of compression and a final line that functions as a fairly devastating turning point, undercutting the sentimentality of the preceding lines with a mortal reduction of everything to brutal bodily fact. Certainly it was the best line of the contest.

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