female, " Ms. Doe"
caucasian, (white... with blue ink tatoos).
over 50 under 80
(1-9-6-0 on her lifeline palm!)
Breaths 20, shallow, uneven
rise on her chest (with names:
"Jules Graham Alden"?)
Heartbeat 100, rapid pulses
and faint (beneath inked
tiny poppy wristlets).
Abdomen, soft, rebounding,
(at her navel, a Celtic knot surrounding).
Skin intact, free of bedsores
on heels, hips, elbows
(hosting animals in scores:
hummingbirds behind her arms
around her heels, talons like thorns
tortoise-shell across her sacrum forms).
Strong pedal pulses (revealing anklets,
written with lore of Pacific Crest,
John Muir, and Yukon footsteps).
..............diagnosis: "dementia, Julie G. Alden, family unknown".