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Frequent Utilizer Protocol photo

in behavioral health, developed for patients who repeatedly use the Emergency Room to address medical and psychosocial needs


Second season wild
-flower, or -fire left

to burn and discourage
further scarring. Sensible

like weighted dice,
reliable as a scab,

as watercolor wash.
The month’s moon bit

to the quick. Hands
empty and closed

in prayer. How to say
hello without breaking

stride. To hold water
with your teeth and still

breathe. You survive
for someone—who

misses you? Lodestar
lucky lipstick. A lock

swallows the gaps in keys. See?
A ring for every swollen

finger. A knife that hones
on meat and bones.



image: Laura Pinto