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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FISHING IN OPHELIA LAND

I troll my toes through the inky
Cold waters of recuperation,
Ten little pink and white lures
For the metastatic bites that sicken me.
Will it come back again? The doctors
Say not, but I am the bait
The killer cells keep swimming toward
And I smell their rot, their
Relentless intent to have me again, to
Drag me down with them into
Ophelia Land.

Friends gather like diving birds to
Save me, as if staging an intervention in
My fate, willing to slip below the surface
Of my fears with kind words and kisses, wishing
Me back into their sphere of immortality.
But when they leave I step with wetted feet
To a fishier beat, one that leads to the
Edge of probability, where I cast for the
Flotsam of my life and reel it back to shore for
One last look, angling with baited hook
For more, more, more.

10 Comments:

Blogger Victoria said...

As stunning as you are.
One of my favorite poems of yours- ever!

4:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely Wordcrafter, you have our hearts and we have more time with each others!

8:35 PM

 
Blogger Laurie said...

Gorgeous.

1:16 AM

 
Anonymous Oleg K. said...

Wow, that's a vicious poem.

My favorite line is: "Friends gather like diving birds to / Save me..."

The imagery with the toes in the first stanza is strong as well.

The last two line sum things up well.

6:59 AM

 
OpenID pasadenaadjacent said...

I'm one of the birds now. My sister has ovarian cancer

1:27 PM

 
Blogger Yakpate said...

Pasadena Adjacent: We need the diving birds, believe me!

9:28 PM

 
Anonymous NikkiS said...

I love you :)

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Blogger stacyj said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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