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Medical History

By Max Gillette



Finally given the usual

clipboard & chewed pen,

I scan the familiar items


(Do you have a family history of...)


& notice a new question

like a bruise on the pale

page:


In the past 12 months, have

you been physically abused

(punched, slapped, kicked, etc.)

by a member of your household?


I trace faded florid prints

(wrist, chest, face, neck)

then remember the purpose

of my visit. Circle no.


Rain pounds like a fist

against the window. I pray

(not for the first time)

that my doctor’s exam room is

soundproof.

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Max Gillette is an English major at Central Michigan University, where they work as an editor for two student-led publications. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Spoonie Magazine, Cutbow Quarterly, Morning Fruit Magazine, Rainy Day, and other journals.


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