Lucky Muscle (Hour Fifteen)

Lucky that cardiac muscle

Is involuntary,

Otherwise we’d be in trouble.

What if we forgot to make it beat?

Or just didn’t feel like it today?

Like a folded fist

Nestled beneath the ribs,

The four-chambered life pump

Sends oxygen-laden blood through arteries,

And retrieves deoxygenated blood through veins,

In an endless life loop that we barely notice.

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