A liver cell may stray
replicate a liver
in the lung. Am I alive
in this confection
called cancer

I am a liver 


Gadolinium may stay

several months
or years in the body

an unwanted house
guest, gadfly


Is a silvery white metal
when oxidation is

frosted shingles downhill
along 41st Terrace

smoke following
the wind falls

from the chimney cap


The killer flays skin into angel wings
and suspends them using
fishing wire

His victims guard him
while he sleeps


Socrates imbibed the hemlock
they prescribed him

I premedicate for another scan

high contrast


Yellow vomit on the motel
room alarm clock

reveals the killer has the same
brain tumor I do

Kansas City Zoo

Terra Cotta Warrior Replicas

one of the largest lion prides
in N. American Zoos


How many brushes
with death

does it take
to complete a portrait

of rose bushes


Jimmy the Chimp
dies in cage
age 41

Lorikeet exhibit dedicated

Polar Bear Passage
breaks ground


Mashed scrota
of mandarin orange slices

my year-old
presses from mouth
to the pouch

of her rubber bib


Berlin paces a narrow strip
of plate glass

upon her sign greenhouse gases
zigzag an alpine

her shrinking ice
cap caught in the act
of vanishing


Snowmelt morning
another MRI

my three-year-old
lets me in

the back deck sliding glass
iced boards a stack
of cards

a deck stacked against me
my survivability

Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and two children in Independence, Missouri. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New LettersBridge EightPortland Review and South Dakota Review. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Far Other (Woodley Press, 2020). He holds and MFA from the University of Kansas City—Missouri and serves as Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review and Poetry editor at Harbor Editions. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.    

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