Smoking courage

I am smoking my courage
It settles in my lungs
And alveoli release it
To the custody of
My capillaries rushing it to
The pulmonary vein
(And this in itself scares me
Isn’t it arteries that
Deliver the goods, and
Veins are just for clean-up?)
Which dumps it into my left heart
But the pressure is too high
— My courage fails
To go beyond my
Aortic valve

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