Miraculous device, unseen,
keeping us oriented and upright
as we navigate
the ups and downs, the lefts and rights,
calling no attention to itself.
But when it goes awry
we give it our
as the world spins,
as our eyes cannot find a fixed point,
as hot flush turns to clamminess, then sweats,
as the nausea builds to a climax of
O inner ear,
forgive our neglect,
resume your post,
save us from miserable dysfunction.
We will not forget.
—23 August 2021