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Together Forever in the Patient Room

Updated on December 27, 2012

If rats could speak to my heart

and walls could talk

an army of queen would flood

the areal sacs scratching at the scabbard

of my placenta infused skin


They chatter we are intrinsically linked

together, destined to shimmy up scaffoldings

and winding path where the fruits of our

labor fall from skeletal branches, and

the other half kicks up a windstorm

first seen by necromancers.


Psychic sorcerers pray tell what

you hear of the imploding bomb inside

the plane where ice drops in plastic

cups and two faces next to me, ask

“Where are you going?

Where are you headed?”


For a woman, I tell them.

When we depart Chicago O’ Hare,

they wish me good luck and fare well

as the whiskers on their faces squiggle

like a road map and mountains uncheck

my luggage bags for six month of purgatory.


She stands there, a snowcapped peak, white

as the whitest room of a mental asylum

walls on the all sides, and down the corridor

hallways of love, I hear the cards of fate

revolve in distress, wheels on gurney

spinning and squeaking luck of the draw

as we meet at the end and serum

injected in my vein bloom with

white roses in July heat.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is so complex I'm going to have to read it several times - and slowly - to grasp the message. I must admit, it eludes me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry is dark. It seems to depict mental illness. I read it twice and came up with the same conclusion. I hope you are well. Six month of purgatory must feel like hell and a lifetime. Best wishes to you...

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      Albert Kivak 

      5 years ago from Cemetary

      No, the drawing is not mine, but rather a friend of mine. Thanks for all your positive comments. Your encouragement helps me to write and motivates me to work harder.

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Is the drawing yours? It is both beautiful, but hard to look at. Your words are a match/play, much like the plague of mental illness. You captured it in a graphic, can't shake it loose, way. The last stanza, as well as the final picture, hits hard.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Interesting and quite unusual poetry.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Quite complex and interesting poetry. It will need to be read more than once.

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