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Just Beyond This Door
by Carole Mathys

Sunday, November 27, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Just Beyond This Door

 

helplessness covered the walls

hovering above all who reside here

they were shells, with chalky surfaces

hair bleached white faces smooth and polished

for the disease’s relentless pounding

some were intact, others

were bent over their dinner trays

or ridged in wheelchairs,

eroded and washed up after

a long life’s journey

some have clearly been discarded

others were still very much cherished

hands clasped in the palms of loved ones

who wouldn’t let go

a few still echoed the sounds of their lives

the way an empty shell might produce

a song when the wind blows across its opening

or if brought to ear may hum

the music of the sea

the soul’s essence

no longer seen in empty eyes

 

Carole Mathys

November 2011

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Reviewed by jude forese 12/2/2011
powerfully passionate ...
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/29/2011
Oh, this breaks my heart, but written so masterfully!

"some have clearly been discarded
others were still very much cherished
hands clasped in the palms of loved ones
who wouldn't let go"
I'll never let go. They are all vintage gems.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/28/2011
Deeply moving and sad, Carole,
and written with sensitivity and genuine care;
your images are perfect for theme and place.

John
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/28/2011
a few still echoed the sounds of their lives
the way an empty shell might produce
a song when the wind blows across its opening
or if brought to ear may hum
the music of the sea
the soul’s essence
no longer seen in empty eyes

You have walked the fine line between pain and documentary so well here, Carole - and left us with a haunting picture that is both devastating and deeply moving. And this closing metaphor that is so sensitive and visual is quite superb. My heart aches for all concerned. xx

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 11/28/2011
I've visited that sad place too, Carole....God bless them all! Very well phrased piece!

Anna
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 11/28/2011
This piece came to mind as I was visiting the Alzheimer's wing for the first time in two years since my mother was there. It is a very sad place for me to visit, but my friend's dad is there now and I went with her.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 11/28/2011
Carole, Nursing homes have not changed much...assisted
living is much better, but more costly. Your description
is one that can be seen without ever being there...Thank you.

Always,
Deborah
Reviewed by JMS Bell 11/27/2011
YOU HAVE 'TOUCHED' ON THE TREMENDOUS SADNESS THAT LIES...JUST BEYOND THAT DOOR. WELL DONE AND THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 11/27/2011
How realistically sad. What a shame that those that have spent their lives supporting others must finish their lives in such a depressing atmosphere. Great, thoughtful poem, Carole.
Mark
Reviewed by Jon Willey 11/27/2011
I've just returned from a nursing home visit with my mother...the stark, melancholy atmosphere you painted is the same as the photographed images in my mind of that visit...joy is seldom a visitor...parades of emergency vehicles, physicians and the pallid faces of new arrivals on stretchers or wheelchairs...and the frequent hearse dispersed for their penultimate ride...if ever dismay and fear had a face, it is these facilities...
"Jesus please help me", "oh Lord I need you to help me now", the frequency pleas ring out from weak, trembling voices not louder than than shadows on the walls...Carole, there is great passion and familiarity in this work...you know the circumstances and the places well... I bid you love and peace my very dear friend...Jon Michael



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