Blood tree

a man coughed up an intact blood clot shaped like a lung passage

sprung fully formed
like a god from the lung
will you rot back
into a travesty of spring

what birds would roost
in the untuning forks of your limbs
and what would they sing

like a real tree do you yearn
to be free of oxygen
bronchial to a fault

would you burn

Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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