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All The Kings Men
by Edward Lupinacci
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
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Choices were always a problem.

Like furniture in a dark room.
If you remembered your course
there would be no stubbed toes.
No coffee tables sneaking up on you.

Avoidance was my motto

It had all changed with the stop of a breath
watching that rubber bag being pressed
into tired lungs
it was the world that lay before me
on antiseptic white
the person who gave me definition
and molded who I was to become 

      The HippoCRITIC Oath wrapped in a white coat
      exhaling freon,
      dangling a chart
      of predicted possible futures
      strolled up

“The brain has been denied more than 15 minutes
       what shall it be,
       the bag or do we hook him up?”

Visions streamed into consciousness
of GI Joes perfectly posed
for a boy needing a wall for support
just to sit

I saw the eternal smile
and the selfless concern of others
in spite of this genetic monster
eating muscles from this gift of the light

I watched the twenty-year count down
coming to an end
and remembered his fear of hospitals

and made the choice




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Reviewed by blue soplain 11/16/2007
what an open tragically haunted write; the images are so stark and quiet. .having read this, there are no real words to express for my part, only real emotions.
gutted. simply gutted.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/19/2007
Couldn't put him back together again. Better than just existing, hooked up to lifesupport.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/8/2005
A truly powerful, sad, and well crafted piece, Walter.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/7/2005

Powerfully penned...makes one think. I always say, "The reason they call it medical PRACTICE is that it ain't been perfected yet." AIN'T IT THE TRUTH.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(

I've been on the wrong end of the charts too often...brings back chilling memories...thank God I survived!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/7/2005
Gut-wrenching, Walter. Time stops right here - then starts again as this pain is released... I hope expressing this has been cathartic, like a deep exhalation of breath. At times like this, character and maturation take place almost instantaneously - you have to act first, think later. You did what you had to do and no-one else could do it for you. You had a brave choice to make - and made it: for the best, I am sure. Our medical professionals have a lot on their plate and I would not envy them the position that they hold at such times, treading a fine balance of expertise and compassion. Most are brilliant and naturally empathetic... but God help us if we get someone who is not at their perky best at such moments in our lives as this... they are part of the fabric of the decision and the memory. Bless you - and bless them in their unenviable task, perhaps. Poignant and honest. Thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/7/2005
Emotive subject matter. Very intelligently written..
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 6/7/2005
Deeply moving write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/7/2005
excellent write, well done!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/7/2005
Choices. Sometimes we are besigned by the choices we make. Damn good poem.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 6/7/2005
God, this is a wonderful poem about a choice no one wants to make but sometimes it has to be done. you wrote it well and i'm sure your choice was the right one
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/7/2005
Walter you wrote a beautiful poem about a sensitive subject
which isn't easy to do.This is sad reality,handled with eloquence!

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/7/2005

I have learned from the reading of "All The Kings Men".

On line fourteen:
"HippoCRITIC OATH" for HIPPOCRATIC OATH. It seems that the author used "HippoCRITIC" satirically - in lieu of HYPOCRITIC - to define the indifference of most health care personnel.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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