Listen: the chest under the stethoscope is like your brother
or your child calling your name in a crowd,
the professor tells his nursing students.
A man I met once touched my scars
saying, your body has little punk songs inside.
Amid the noise of blood and breath
a stranger’s heart cries out to you
like your own flesh if you learned to listen.
Eli is a Chicago poet with a BA in German studies from Oberlin college and contributions in a 2007 translation of Thomas Brasch's collection of poems, "Was Ich Mir Wünsche" ("What I Wish For Myself") from German into English. Their poems have appeared in Rising Phoenix Review and Vagabond City Lit.