Classroom Anesthesia
by Rich Murphy

Knowledge produces ether from what
becomes familiar. Brothers and sisters
have begun to snore at twenty. The scientist
doesn't remember the scientific method

moments after any experiment. Robots
and zombies perform morning and evening
bathroom routines. Laundry lists remove
frontal lobes before medical procedures

and hold them hostage for ransom. Bumping
into the same furniture in different ways,
fools stay awake to live full lives. Tradition's
headboards carved from marble for the country

graveyard alarm no one. Random experiences
save us from the habits of prayer. Eureka
and repetition meet in the operating room
soon after hallelujah, unless human beings

outsmart each day their god given rites.

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