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by Jerry W. Engler
Friday, April 13, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The poem's description most likely will suffice.


3 a.m.,                                                       

10th  floor,

Looking out

the 4 x 10 window,

12 inches of snow

bright under

tall buildings,

the lights above

thousands of houses,

4 and 6-lane freeways,

the back streets

of homes and business,

back from the depths of machines

the lights of tubes and overheads,

the nurses and labs,

my God, my God, my God,

lying awake,

staring out,

blinking in wonder,

sight coming back to the damaged eye,

my dearest Lord Jesus,

what is to happen?

Where is the life

In this?

No sleep,

Only blinking,

the promise of wires

to install

down to the heart,

the assurance of hurt,

no sleep, blinking,

twisting, churning,

the lonliness,

the trembling to the soul.

No sleep, no sleep, no sleep,

did I blink,

or was that sleep?

The stars appear,

although bright,

cold, crisp, brittle,

6  a.m.,

they come,

carefully kept uniforms,

they smile,


time for more tests,

the padded steel gurney,

down the floors

into the abyss,

more blood,

more machines,

my God,

my God,

my God.



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Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/28/2012
This realistic poetry brought me back into my own nest of memories of hospitals and operations and a cold shiver ran down my spine...hope you are well my friend.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 4/20/2012
Felt like being punched in the face, such is the power of your description.

Best of health!
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/16/2012
I have spent too many nights in similar states, with similar views... for different reasons. :) I hope and pray that your coming days and weeks are filled with peace and health.

Always a pleasure to see you posting, and despite the topic which gave me a sharp intake of breath, your words never disappoint with the poignant pictures you paint... making this all too real.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/14/2012
I call it the Horror of the hospital. Got me in the gut.

Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/14/2012
These lines deliver the smell of hospital disinfectant and medicine, nurses' lounge coffee with cream and sugar, but not for you... shiney floors of a place no one likes to see, the sweaty palms of dread and unknown, the unnaturalness of it all. Disconnection from all else, it is full of wrench and and wretch and scarlet fear. All that is in here. Yell. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/13/2012
it's such a relief to see you writing
again after all you've been through;
i'm still waiting for that email you owe me, lol!

stay strong, my friend,

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 4/13/2012
You take us there. Uncomfortably there. It's stark and sterile - an atmosphere that brings turmoil to the mind but promises bodily restoration, at least that's the theory. You are, as always, adept. Your words are your (and our) best medicine.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/13/2012
Truly a grippingly real account, Jerry; I feel the pain both physical and mental. Thank you for sharing. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Jean Pike 4/13/2012
So wonderful to see you posting, Jerry. This one is so very real. Short and sharp, you have said it all. One of your best ever.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/13/2012
Jerry, you see quite clearly with limited vision, it must be hell, you already paid for you sins with this stay, not saying you had any, but suppose if, so from here it can only be upward, great poetry as always even with all these bolds in your head, keep on writing, hugs! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 4/13/2012
Hope you aren't going through this at all right now. But good description of what happens. you don't really get sleep much in a hospital setting.
Reviewed by Angela Ciero 4/13/2012
Good writing. It really brings the feeling of sitting in a hospital to life.

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Highly Embellished Truth & Some Poetry: Just Folks Three

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