We sponge her off. This student is learning how blood boils,
how shaking chills and drenching sweats punctuate fever,
along concentration gradients, how nerves talk,
how some circuits turn all the lights on and all the lights off,
and in sequence, how the life of the mind
is beyond understanding in the same way that a kidney
how sleep is not as simple as it looks.
During general anesthesia the operating room enjoys music.
The patient will wonder, Where did that tune come from?
Broadway most likely.
or sometimes just sleep through; beyond the day-to-day cogitation
that adds or subtracts or instructs or confuses, that powers leaps of faith
there’s a fine line, a user interface, a membrane,
and what is a membrane if not for its pores?
Ion channels let the insides know the outsides.
We’re two-thirds water. Take us to the river
floating this way or that.
The current explains which direction.