nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little
chests, would plug the stethoscope
into their ears and let them
to their own hearts.
Their eyes would always light up with
but she never got a response to equal four-year old
comment. Gently he tucked the
stethoscope into his ears and
the disk over his heart.
“Listen”, she said. “What do you suppose
drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked
lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep
chest. Then his
face broke out in a wondrous grin and he
asked, “Is that Jesus