Monday, March 2, 2015

Organ Grinder

photo: ralph murre

Organ Grinder
by Ed Werstein
            One donor can save up to eight lives.
                                    -Donate Life Website

But who except an organ grinder
would want these?

Sixty-five year old eyes
cataracted, full of floaters,

Who would want a graft
of this old skin
easily bruised

Dry, pocked joints
without cushion
that grind and pop
ache and bind.

Ears ringing with bells
that aren’t there.

Brittle brain.

Heart long past its warranty.

~ first published in Red Cedar