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Nothing was ever good enough, the patients kept dying,
though the drugs were getting better all the time,
and more expensive.
We blamed ourselves while exotic named potions
dripped through hopeful arms,
meanwhile the oceans were drained of normal saline.
“Your chances of death are small, say 0.9 percent,”
I told Bed 5, but it wasn't good enough,
she was alive then dead the next day, only the flowers
by her bedside knew why. They kept dying,
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