MRI SAFE | Katya Lavine


You cannot take your almonds

Into the MRI,

But I will hold them with your diamond ring and

Your sterling silver studs.

I will not eat a single one.

But you do not believe me­ –

You trust that in a small unlocked box,

Your jewelry will be untouched,

Yet you are on high alert

For your salted nuts.

Your argument is valid,

There is no metal in the almonds –

Just the same fat and salt

That sits under your skin.

So you take a handful to stuff

In your cheeks

As your body moves into the tube, you chew,

And at once you have fallen asleep.


Katya Lavine is an incoming medical student at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied short fiction. Prior to medical school, she worked at a global health nonprofit, Watsi, and in clinical research at Stanford. Her poetry has been published in the Journal of War, Literature, and the Arts.