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As a matter of fact, Duchennes muscular dystrophy
is an X-linked gene mutation,
a deletion, wherein the gene cannot codify the reproduction
of an essential protein, dystrophin,
that forms the fabric of the walls
around each and every fibre
of the thousands of muscles in the body.
No cure. This being the case, walls
deteriorate, muscles lose form and jellify.
The cords at the knees, wrists, and ankles retract and petrify.
The boys are rendered helpless to a body
that slowly loosens and spirals into itself.
For about twenty years.



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On our way home from the doctor's,
we pass snow on a magnolia as the tips turn purple,
a forsythia weeping out gold, the apricot trees
spidered in pink popcorn blossoms.
Crows hulk in magistrate cloaks, and geese fly
like sleek jets, directional, mind-to-the-point
across the blank face of grey sky.
Maples burst into green hair.
Jake points to the cemetery,
Is that where we die?


from The Wind is a Tall Man Striding
watershedBooks
2000
Copyright © Jim Slominski