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
for the I-thirty-five span
that collapsed
into the Mississippi River
back in twenty-oh-seven.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney


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