METAPHYSICIAN’S POETRY– A Renewed Expression

For quite a while I have been considering revisiting a former pursuit–writing poetry.  Nearly twenty years ago I developed an intense interest in poetry, took classes at NYU and had a few pieces published.  Then abruptly I stopped.  I recall that it had something to do with my upset over the first Gulf War.  Then I "forgot" to return.  Recently the rumblings of expressing feelings and experiences in short poems has returned so I will be bombarding the reader with some examples of past and present writing.  I am not sure whether I will differentiate past from present examples.

The first was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  in 1990 –

AT THE FOOT OF HER BED

  I stand,

  look across

  the expanse of

  rumpled white,

  i.v. poles,

 curtains half pulled back

  containers of juice

 unopened.

  She,

  sixty-five years old,

  looks at me

  with a calm questioning,

  an innocence

  before the fall.

  But I've bitten the apple

  and the knowledge

  fills me to bursting.

  I must feed her

  in digestible pieces,

  small gifts of terror.

  Hard not to vomit

  it forth in acidic rivulets.

  I pause,

  breathe deeply,

  swallow again.

 

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