“On Your Way To Recovery”


At the sport medicine clinic,

posters on the walls show

foot and knee injuries,

dislocated shoulders,

close-ups of ruptured tendons, ligaments.


Here, the anatomy of a sprained ankle.

Over there, the mechanism of concussion

caused by a violent blow to the head.


On the table, a set of acupuncture needles

next to models of a spine, a skull, and a hip bone.


I hear someone groan behind a closed curtain,


“Relax,” says the physiotherapist

as he presses down on my ribcage.

“You’re too tense.”


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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