back from the brink . . .

Ascent of the Blessed, Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), Early Netherlandish Painter
Ascent of the Blessed, Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), Early Netherlandish Painter

the road to the hospital lies under the weight of fog
perhaps that’s as it should be, all things considered

i'm tempted to fuss with speculations and similes
though it might be unwise, maybe even unkind
to say that road is like a passage leading to salvation,
the undoing of cardiac arrest, then I’d have to
knock on wood in my mother’s way, not to jinx it,
not to jinx raising Lazarus from his hospital bed -
the quality of resuscitation is the quality of a mercy,
which might not show itself this day, so we pray

we wonder, does consciousness survive brain death
will he come back from over the brink like a drunk
from a binge, ready to swear-off his bad habits,
suddenly enamored of Christ, whom he’d forsaken,
will he change from his tech job to a confession
of sins and martyr himself in social services ~
a nouveau-saint of the died-and-came-back genus,
kin to those other types of marketers, not to be rude...

but it is a stretch, though I’d be happy if he survives
and over-brims more Light into our darkness. Amen.

© 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day), All rights reserved; Illustration in the U.S. Public Domain

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2 comments

  1. jrcowles said on June 17, 2015
    I regret I can only "Like" this once ... This is a keeper ... JRC
  2. Curious to the Max said on June 17, 2015
    WOW!

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