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She died I think,
by Nicky Goodman
Thursday, April 03, 2008
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original draft -

She died I think, not on the trolley
in the corridor –it was later,
perhaps in a cubicle, or a bed,
I can’t remember –I can’t remember
anything before or after the trolley
except for a Christmas Cat
who had appeared
to die, with me, in spasms
on one of the few nights of the year
when there was no Vet working,
no shops, no people in the building,
no numbers to call, except yours;
just a cardboard box I made soft as possible
and this Christmas Cat, in spasms,
it must have gone on for ages,
nobody to help me, or her. I tried
to find a way to get her some water,
I can’t remember –I can’t remember
anything more, except phoning you
saying ‘I think she’s dieing...come quick’
and you were so disgraceful as usual, it felt cruel,
even though that’s just how some are
when they are ugly and hurting inside,
when they can’t easily see another exists,
so all I could do was rest my hand on her body,
listening to the throws of different languages,
pretending I could understand, Cat,
right there in the corridor, while she flailed
gracefully through darkness, light, and left.


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Reviewed by David Hightower 8/4/2010
Nicky - Thank you for taking me on this journey with you, not a happy one but a profound one. You effectively create a sense of the loneliness of the human condition and then carry the poem further into the realm of one living thing comforting another. Many quotable lines, but I loved the understated intensity of,

so all I could do was rest my hand on her body,

One living being comforting another in away that transcends words.

Very affecting poem without being the least bit sentimental.

- David

- David

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/6/2008
This is quite brilliant, Nicky... The unselfconscious narrative flow gets us right into the confusion and sense of helplessness. I am sure many will have memories triggered by this piece. Moments of this type make us feel so alone and isolated within a deeply distressing situation. And when animals are involved, it all becomes kind of surreal, because we're not sure what feelings and behaviour are appropriate to the situation. This is masterfully done. And the pathos painted by the title adds to the heightened emotions you bring. Certainly brings a painful remembrance to mind for me. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 4/4/2008
Beyond wonderful. . .impossible to find the right words to express my admiration. Encore! ENCORE!! In awe, 'Pea'
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/3/2008
human and animal have a symbiosis that is hard to define,but you capture the essence well, Nicky...ET
Reviewed by Nicky Goodman 4/3/2008
Autobiography - i've asked for edit help elsewhere to make it clearer, cheers, N
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/3/2008
Interesting and intense personality overshadowed by a kindness that few would understand except those who have been in a situation similiar in their lifes. When feeling Alone in this world we tend to grip to the reality of life and want to prevent death even in animals.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/3/2008
Clever write, but naughty humour I have, I kept thinking, "well he fell of his trolly"
It's the same with any animal...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/3/2008
Sometimes if we sincerely try I think we understand, cat, or dog. A compelling write Nicky
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