by Cristina Legarda
as the stone is rolled away with excruciating slowness the light creeps in a finger’s breadth at a time there’s an event horizon here between existing and not the electric charges in my cells sparking like flint or staying cold and dark when we’re alive, we distrust the dark and are terrified of confinement but wrapped in bandages held together laid to rest made to rest I was beginning to find the stasis comfortable the miracle is I have not decayed a singularity forms like the center of a black hole where matter is infinitely dense only here it’s that I am infinitely alive; I swing my legs off the slab when I hear the voice Come forth and bandages and all I heed it and go
Cristina Legarda was born in the Philippines and spent her early childhood there before moving to Bethesda, Maryland. She is now a practicing physician in Boston. Her work has appeared in America magazine, The Dewdrop, Dappled Things, Plainsongs, FOLIO, Ruminate, The Good Life Review, and others.