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After the fall

He is not particularly surprised to wake up
in the hospital ward, nor to hear the nurse cry,
"Lord almighty! It must be some kind of miracle,
a man falling from a fifth floor window,
breaking near every bone in his body,
and waking up again!"

He closes his eyes. Is this a hospital
or a church? He would laugh
if his ribs weren't snapped. He growls
through his wired jaw, "What kind of miracle
makes a man learn to walk for the third time?"

Now he's done it. When the nurse interprets
his slurred words, he gets a whole sermon
on grace and gratitude. He half-sleeps
until the nurse says, "There's someone to see you."
He opens his eyes

and Paula walks in. He grins,
then grimaces, then flattens his features
and tries to stay very still. "Hello, beautiful."
Her smile is unsteady. "I can't believe you're alive."
And then: "No more window washing.
Any other job you want, but no more window washing."

Then he does laugh, broken ribs be damned.
She raises an eyebrow. "I was thinking,"
he murmurs, "when I get out of here, you and I,
we could open a dance studio."
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