Minneapolis

While the ER doctors
debated what to do
about my shattered nose
with the bridge
split wide open
it was visible
to all the world
for about four hours
so I renamed my nose
Minneapolis
for the I-thirty-five span
that collapsed
into the Mississippi River
back in twenty-oh-seven.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

Medicine

On the third day
of my cut hand
bleeding through
the butterflies and bandages
I gave in to the notion
of doctors and stitches
and made a phone call
for an appointment
only to learn
there are no appointments
available for three full months
and without insurance
I must pay
five hundred dollars up front
with the caveat
that if it is a real emergency
I should go straight
to the emergency room
where they will bill me
at a future date
but that will not make it
any more affordable
so I plan to visit
the hardware store
for some Super Glue
after a memory-jog
replays Vietnam War medics
used it as a stop-gap
to get the wounded
to the field hospitals.


copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney