H. Rand Swansey
At first, the telltale signs were few and inconsistent-
a momentary shortness of breath; a dry, unproductive cough;
quick, stabbing pains like split-second jolts of electricity-
nothing to indicate the destruction developing inside his chest.
So he ignored them.
Have you had a chest x-ray, I suggested, rather than asked,
for the second or third time that summer.