Taking a Turn

EMS vehicles screaming by my
window,
somebody's sunny day
taking a turn.

Angels with oxygen 
run up steps
check for vital signs...
ear to wisdom,
diligent hands,
a lamp onto thy feet...

My kitchen prayer shifts from chili
and crackers to the fate of a neighbor.
Background sirens just background
'til its our street,
'til its blood and breath,
life or death.

We trust the sterile gloves
to handle us, busy drivers
to pull aside, hospital doors,
shiny floors,
the technical, the medical...

Wheel the gurney into the new wing,
Intensive Prayer Unit,
the heart monitor reads two
or more gathered together,
mercy is a pulsing green line.