March 2, 2016
I’ve done three tourniquets.
But that’s over sixteen years.
One lost his leg.
Not “lost,” because we found it.
It was in the swamp,
my partner searching with a flashlight,
worried as all hell
about the alligators.
You have to bring the body part
with you, in the back of the ambulance.
Doctors these days do miracles.
They also do sins.
They do drugs and nurses
and sometimes nothing.
The other two,
their legs were saved.
I imagine Jesus
standing over their disconnected
body, waving his hand,
and then I appear,
Ron Riekki’s books include U.P., The Way North (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here (May 2015, MSU Press).
What motivates him to create:
Simply, I think I often desperately want to connect with people.