The Patient

He’s pale,
bleached to match the sheets;
grey hair greyer,
pink scalp one shade lighter
than the last time she saw him. Older
age settles around him,
a beige blanket thrown across his lap matches the universe.

Waking,
he notices the world has come to visit;
his smile throws light into eyes
all at once blue,
brilliant,
and mischievous.
And she has her father back.

~ Siobhan
4/30/12

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