A celebrity’s polished face assures

great care is taken to protect

those inside the magazine. Anyone can forgive

the discoloration on the floor,

or a distant flat note breaking through a door

in the pleasant yellows of the family room.

Here magazines serve two functions,

the first purely aesthetic:

to hide the chipping paint on tables.

The second is to muffle the hours

of uncertainty entombed inside

the hospital.

When you get out,

and your mother is cured, you will

remember the ad for new lipstick,

rush to the store, and thank it for showing

mercy.

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