Extubated (Poem)

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Hi all.  Busy working on edits for The Last War in Albion, Volume 1, which we're planning to get out in August.  Also, the next installment of Lost Exegesis (Solitary) is taking quite a bit of research, but this is par for the course, as we'll be venturing into the Quran, several philosophers, and a long-defunct TV show.  In the meantime, here's the poem I read last Christmas for the Eruditorum Christmas Spectacular Podcast, but never got posted.  So here it is.  It's about a man coming out of a ten-day medically induced coma after contracting spinal and cerebral meningitis, complicated by pneumonia, sepsis, and a mild heart attack.  It's a poem about my dad.

 

The cough is a gong, laden with wet
Uncanny strong for one so feeble
Rattles his chest like windswept shutters
on an ivy-choked wall, a decrepit
          cottage late in autumn
 
The hands askew in twisted palsy
Dervish fingers fly and shudder
His trembling arm rises high
Palm spread wide
          to catch the sun
 
The face a mask for Hallow’s Eve
Furrowed brow, sallow pallor
Wax paper skin loosely wrapped
about his jaw, a frame of balsa
         cowled with grizzled snow
 
Sockets dark, lids red and swollen
Eyes set deep, the one half-open
Not quite rapt, cowers from fluorescent
light, like mine, a daughter lost
         upon a moonless grateful night
 
The mouth is a graveyard
Lips once puckered now surround
his jaundiced tombstones found
by a mangled tongue
        cracked like desert flats
 
Dad’s voice:  "Oh god, oh shit, oh man
Okay, okay, I got to— wow
Fuh—fuh—  oh Jesus fuck
Oh my god, oh god, oh no
        not again"
 
The seizure comes like lightning
Its iron fist grips every muscle, stiff
He stares in disbelief
Are these my legs? Are these my teeth?
        Doesn’t see the flowers         
 
Everything chimes
Heart monitor, blood pressure,
the bed, the phone, his central line;
        no more the stoic ventilator.

 

 

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bombasticus 1 year ago

Love the "central line" line and the general return to presence after a long time gone, like coming back to a seasonal house abandoned on the fly. Hope he is well.

I was just talking about how I missed my central line but I don't miss the tube. They had the wisdom last time to have me conscious when they took it out -- I don't plan to repeat that experience any time soon!

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joeswinn 1 year ago

Love the poem very much. Its really amazing. Keep up the good work.

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Custom Term Paper Writing Service 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Hello
the poem was quite different. Thanks.

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Custom Term Paper Writing Service 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The poem is good. I easily understand this. Thanks

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gandhi jayanti wishes 2016 10 months, 1 week ago

Cool one get to reAD OUT

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Terrarium tv 9 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for thsi very informative post.

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happy valentines day 2017 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice poem...looked all over for this. Thanks for sharing

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