Discovery: Negative Return
Seven tubes of blood in a neat line. A needle longer than a finger slides into the muscle between ribs. A spaghetti strand of organ suspended in clear solution. Some days my doctor says you have to napalm the napalm, but this morning he says undetectable, and it’s Thursday the 29th of September, 1988 again— on the news, Discovery is inching closer and closer to the moment of truth. I’m outside with my class, squinting at a trail of cloud as Discovery’s pinprick spark disappears. For every disbelief, an equal and opposite belief. Outside the blood draw clinic, I believe I see a passenger plane— upside down, dragging backwards, it banks to a still speck.