After a Night in the ER
A thunderclap rattles the earth.
A pecan limb cracks, crashes to the ground.
A black bird plummets from the sky.
Pulmonary embolism. Heart attack. Gall bladder.
The latter might hurt like hell,
but it won't kill you, my doctor says.
Beyond the stormy skies, the pulse of a billion stars.
Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence and Vegetables and Other Relationships, and the editor of several volumes, including Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry and Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga. He is chief editor for Dos Gatos Press in Austin, Texas, publisher of the Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its seventeenth year. He is currently editing Wingbeats II, forthcoming later in 2014.