Friday, August 13, 2010

M.ercy! R.eally I. Didn't. . .


Walking on Blossoms

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,

and man cannot live without love.

Max Muller

Palm Tree Gems

"For a writer,

published works are like fallen flowers,

but the expected new work

is like a calyx waiting to blossom."

Cao Yu

Heron Harry

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom."

Marcel Proust

"It is the hour to rend thy chains,

the blossom time of souls."

Katharine Lee Bates


Getting up before dawn wasn't bad,
in fact, it reminded me of how happy I was
back in the day
making my living

in the nether world of night.

The drive out there through Honolulu's dawn
was enjoyable.

My physician had prescribed an M.R.I on my back.

Of course I assumed that I would be exemplary,
going to my special place
and lying perfectly still inside the tube.

Favorite Husband had his paw MRI-ed last month
but only his lower extremities
had been "in the tube."


They put me

All The Way In.

Panic threatened.

I thought of the change in dynasties in China
that resulted in former officials
being incarcerated in the equivalent of steamer trunks
for years, with only a rice bowl- sized hole.

I thought of concentration camp inmates
pressed into cattle cars.

I thought of North Korea's prisons.

I shoulda thought about other things, eh?

Keeping my eyes closed
I impersonated a perfect patient.

But I was SO happy to get out of there!

Mercy! Really I

didn't realize I had agreed to do that!

I'll be recovering at home this weekend. . .

What have you got planned?