Through Venetian bars, morphine eyes perceive

kyphotic, pewter palm trees shaking in the breeze

like a line of old hula dancers with beriberi knees.


A writer in South Florida, Nick D'Annunzio Jones's non-fiction and criticism has
appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Details, Popular Culture and elsewhere. His
poetry will soon appear in Gargoyle.
He has taught at the University of  Technology 
in Sydney, Australia, and at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, FL. He received
his MFA from the University of California at Riverside. 

I've worked in a hospice, but in South Florida not in Honolulu. I suspect the sight out a window from a dying person's bed is similar, however. The image of aged hula dancer shaking her stuff might not be, though. I added that. (after researching beriberi.)



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