A poem about blood donation, through the eyes of the phlebotomist.
heart beats wander uneven skin.
pushed to the surface sporadically.
More apparent once red color
floods vulnerable tissues.
rubbery at first palpitation.
tap skin with skin
Make mental notes---
Antecubital scrubbed yellow,
odor is one of sterility.
reveals flinty surgical steel from within.
Pursed between thumb, forefinger.
Bevel penetrates flesh.
Elegant, yet forceful insertion.
---not hollow intentions.
---Amber © Jan. 11,2005. All Rights Reserved