When Your Heart Stops

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The absent heartbeat
Kicks the alarm, shrieks
You run, clip the switch
 
Charging
Blue lights spin like roulette
Clear
The jolt
 
A man jumps
Twitches, collapses
Flatline
Charge again
 
Shock him another time
This jump’s higher
A pulse but the green wave sags
Flattens 
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.