“Paratrooper” by Sean Barnett

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“Paratrooper”

Sean Barnett

Deteriorating cartilage,
torn meniscus,
bruising of the femur.

Arthritic diagnosis,
disabling infusion
of shrapnel, peppered
by an explosion.

Then, my parachute’s
canopy partially inverted,
slamming me to
the weakened joint.

Early morning clicks,
occasional popping midday,
and an aching in the evening
only endured by way of
abusive substance.

And that’s the good knee.

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