Amy Kolen’s work has appeared in various publications, including Orion Magazine. She has an essay forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review and is currently working on a collection of personal narratives.
Sep 01 2000
Bloated from steriods given in the ICU, my father-in-law’s hands lie inert on the sheets of his bed on the fourth floor of a Chicago-area hospital: Hospice Inpatient Unit. Touch those hands and you won’t feel skin, veins, the natural bumps and ridges of knuckles, cuticles, joints.