“Make a fist.”
A little strip of rubber at the elbow
tied tight to make the vein pop.
try not to be nauseous as vials fill
with dirty red liquid. Dirty blood,
One vial; two; three; four;
God, how many—how long—
“Hold this.” Finger on gauze. Tape.
All set for six months. “Thank you.”
Grab my hat.
Leave. All I can think is,
“You did this to yourself.”