PARSONAGE-TURNER: PATHOLOGIC STUDY | Schneider Rancy

 

consider :

the nerve is a golden filament
of light ,

weaving

beneath translucent skin

twisting and turning

inside ourselves ,

diving

under
always
soft layers
of fascia

and
a girdle of epineurium

shimmering , electric like

a new dress

 

such fibers

pull ;

cock back

the arm ;

make beat

the heart : run

the blood : quicken

the breath—

(

 

but when they fail

grow numb ,

turn insensate and flail ;

when muscle no longer

contracts

with lifeblood ;

when these lights go dark

and this wondrous
system 

of pulleys and levers 

falters

 

tell me :

what moves you
then ?

)

 

Schneider Rancy is a Haitian-American graduate of Columbia University, where he studied English and Comparative Literature and Biology. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia New Poetry, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Ars Medica, and Apogee. He is a medical student in New York City. His editor-reviewed articles on nerve and wrist reconstruction have been published in the Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume), the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), and the Journal of Wrist Surgery.

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