Ringing Off the Hook

We watched you die in New York
from here in Oregon.

There you were in our system log files,
cardiac alarms ringing off the hook.

Ventricular tachycardia!
This is the universe calling!
Get the nurse if you want to live!

And your impossibly brave heart tried–
for twenty minutes.

Shit hit the fan later,
The usual inquiries and finger pointing.

We hooked you up
but your friends weren’t there.

And everybody needs friends
on this cold blue ball.

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