I said, "I believe in my beliefs shaped by the path
I have walked between mountains and across
She looked up from her book and said, "What
have you been reading so late into the night?"
I said, "The pinched nerve in my neck is killing
me so I have been reading about near-death
She said, "Perhaps you should dwell on more
than the single-mindedness that results from
a maddening pain."
I said, "Can't you see that I am seeing crooked
holding my neck at a precarious angle to life
the whole day long?"
She said, "Come. Lay your head on my breast
so that you fit with me exactly how you are
and I will ease your pain."