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.