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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

Fear at 13,   p. 20


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Fear at 13 
On your back on the narrow table, one leg shaved 
to the hip, gown folded up to your ribs, nurse fishing 
for a vein to start the IV, huge dome of light 
close overhead, gas mask nearby, instruments 
clanking, green masks showing only bandit eyes, 
blue-eyed nurse washing up your leg with Betadine, 
hatchet men waiting to cut you, and what you fear most 
in all the world is that you'll pop a boner 
and die embarrassed on this green yet sterile field. 
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