Jacob Lawrence, Surgery, Harlem Hospital (1953)
May 17, 2003:
Hospital bed many sizes too large for little me.
"My throat hurts, " I told the nurse upon waking. She looked down on me patiently
and replied, "Yes, that's to be expected."
They fed me ice cream. I threw up.
Everyone had such long faces, as though it all made them very sad. Except for one nurse, who
said of me approvingly, "He'll break hearts one day." I thought,
Why would I want to do that?
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