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(“Algebra” in Arabic)

by Konnor Dagg


A teacher scribbling on a board

x+2 = y+2, blabbering away to the students

solving the problem

she reads x=y

Reuniting the terms.

A surgeon dissecting away in the OR

cutting open the wrist, transferring the tissue

setting the bone, the surgeon screws- screws

Restoring by force.


An EMT pressing over and over

breaking ribs hoping to save a life

pushing a perfect breath in their lungs

Adding a life to the world.

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