Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2010 |

Myth

Someone had placed his hands on me, my limp body a stubborn testament to an accident. But then the toes moved. My toes curled. A dream? No dream. The toes flexed, and then the left knee bending, bending, then bent. I have no other explanation. Yes, yes, I know the brain lies. I know this now. I have seen the way a damaged eye, a damaged portion of retina, incapable of interpreting light, can be suppressed by the brain, the brain literally painting over the blank spot in someone's vision. The brain is capable of the most beautiful lies; it hums its songs softly. But the toes curled, the leg shifted, and in a fit of what---anger? love?---I lifted my arms, bent my back, rose up from the bed at the waist.Did anyone see this? Did they see this monster rise from the bed? The legs shifted, the legs flopped over the side of the bed. And when I stood, the knees no longer understood the weight of me. The knees buckled predictably, this body quietly falling to the floor. All heard

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C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Torn (Four Way Books, 2011). A recent Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, he is a 2013 Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation. He lives in San Francisco, California, and practices medicine full-time.

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