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[Perspectives] Words on the borders of the body

We are sitting around the edges of the situation—hushed and watchful visitors, torn between feeling necessary and a hindrance. “We” are family members coming in by shifts, and my notebook and I. Yes, I’m there at my father’s bedside in the hospital ward marked High Care, feeling everything you feel for somebody you love as you watch them sinking deeper into the damage of their body, sinking maybe out of sight.

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