James Victor Silva


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4 And 3/4 Years Old In A Hospital Bed

I positioned two mirrors
to catch a glimpse of my scar.
The scar behind that was put aside,
as a highway marker between
my childhood and now.

The dog bite that bled,
young crimson roses on the pure
fiberglass strands of my grandmother's
cream carpet.
She wept silently in the night.
And so did I,
as lidocaine,
benzocaine,
and everything -caine,
that is a shadow of cocaine,
protected me from pain.

Alone, the youthful boy,
in the hospital bed.

And I see my backside
descend down an infinite
hall of mirrors,
I move ...

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