Katie Finley

Rookie (7/23/85 / Minnesota)

Point Of Maximal Impulse

Here’s where to palpate the point
Of maximal impulse, a space two fingers by one finger wide:
It pulses at the fifth intercostal space,
At the midclavicular line to the left of the sternum.

Fingers feel what eyes cannot see, feel invisible blood,
And the anatomy of your heart doesn’t seem to fit
The shape of the way you look at me—so tired, as if
You knew where to find it all along. Or maybe as if I was you don’t care to feel it at all.

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