This World or the Next

Memories shimmer
stretched taut
like a spider’s web.
Tubes, wires,
stainless steel
monitors with beating blips.

You lay there in that present space
but somewhere far away.
Then, like a marionette
whose master dropped a string,
your eyes jolted open
and you returned to me.

No photo. Thankful for every day.

12 thoughts on “This World or the Next

  1. Karen November 8, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Yes, thankful for every day.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian November 9, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Imagery is still real to me — two years later.


  2. mincs1 November 9, 2015 / 3:01 am

    Powerful piece! The ending was not at all what I was expecting!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian November 9, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      “Powerful piece” — words that fit the moment exactly. Other than giving birth, this was the singular most powerful moment of my life…..and an ending that surprised many many others but one that I knew in my heart would happen. Thankful for every day.


  3. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack November 9, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Wow, Lillian.
    Powerful words with spectacular imagery – no visual needed for your thoughts here.
    This is just amazing.
    Happy Monday to you my friend.
    preparing am I for yet another day in the trenches that are subbing;)

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian November 9, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you, Ann Marie. Yes, for me, no visual needed as the images are burned in my mind.
      Good luck with your subbing my friend. I will try my hand at something new today — going to a poetry reading with a friend. Happy Monday indeed.


  4. Misky November 9, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I’m very pleased that this had a happy resolution, Lillian. >

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian November 9, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Angels along the way……thank you for your kindness here. The images are still burned in my mind and I am truly thankful for every day with the love of my life.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Misky November 9, 2015 / 1:15 pm

        That sort of trauma is difficult to set aside…

        Liked by 1 person

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