Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Tattoo

(Rituximab, Open Infusion Bay, James Ward)

The first drop
takes a long time to fall
down the endless tube
that feeds into me.

I glance sideways
at the man
in the adjacent chair
Lucky he does not
see me stare
at the Medusa
tattoed on his arm
His needle penetrates
her charms.
What would they say
if I suddenly stood
and burst into song?
Would they applaud
and encore for more?


Or bury deeper in despair?
What if the pious stood
and offered up a prayer?

It takes a long
time to heal
As long as the
slow drip
that slips down
me
to steal
my free B cells

The anatomy
of a human disease
has no real
language
Just a careful
steal
of medical
and military rhymes

While the heart's
beats
fight
for more time.


Images: fotobank.ru

11 comments:

Renee said...

Shaista Angelique had chemo for 3 years for her lupus as it affects her kidney. Was this for something like that.

Are you okay darling.

How much I love you, you can't imagine.

Love Renee xoxo

Sarah Laurence said...

Wow, I love how your imagination soars even in a hospital. Your mind is healthy and vigorous even if your body is not. I do hope the treatment will help and that you aren’t it too much pain.

Susan Erickson said...

Your gentle spirit and intelligence resonates throughout your writings. It is a joy to connect. Our lives are so different and yet the human experience transcends continents and cultures. You are special...I will read everything....

staceyjwarner said...

sending you love and light...

be free...

much love

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi! I haven't visited your blog for quite a while. I hope everything goes alright for you. I love your poetry :)

Jeanne-ming said...

I will applaud and stand for an encore.

Bee said...

Very strong imagery here. The strange pictures suit the words.

How much of your time is spent in the hospital? I do feel for you.

Isabel said...

"The anatomy
of a human disease
has no real
language
Just a careful
steal
of medical
and military rhymes"

mmmm...love this refusal to give disease a voice. I love your inner strength :)

Please do! Burst into dance the next time!

Healing throughts your way, my dear Shaista!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Your ability to write through this is amazing, and your ability and willingness to let your soul show through every moment, dark and light.

lupie said...

{{{{hugs}}}}

Amazing how your mind remains so creative and calm, whereas I am always getting agitated ..

I should learn from you ...

Love ya ..

Ruth said...

That image of a tatoo being punctured will stay with me.

Bless you.

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