come, let us share in our knowledge of the architecture of the pulmonary arteries
well, it’s inadequate.
no, really, our knowledge of its dimensions
in man or animal
this is not to say that the physical characteristics
of the pulmonary capillary network
limit the change in flow rate.
understand that the cardiac cycle
allows for blood to flow fast and slow;
my two hundred and thirty pound father’s February pulse
while mine is angel hair.
the Irishman rubs his belly, laughing,
“it’s all the same to me!”
nonetheless our pulse carries on
like the caterpillar that it is,
pushing through cream-based sauces,
southbound in search of March,
where the mild waters will begin to curl
cocoons of ramen noodles.