When Your Heart Stops



The absent heartbeat
Kicks the alarm, shrieks
You run, clip the switch
Blue lights spin like roulette
The jolt
A man jumps
Twitches, collapses
Charge again
Shock him another time
This jump’s higher
A pulse but the green wave sags
He’s still dead
Confessor? Assessor? Professor?
If he wakes we’ll see if he knows
Third time round odds are down
I just shock ‘em, fate sorts them
Or God, they say
Jolt number three
One, two, four, a burst
Surging electric life
We’ve got a heart
When it’s time to die
Humans don’t wait
You just keep going
When your heart’s a machine

Posted in Medicine.