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Her world softly, silently
Implodes, as the import of
The doctor's words, delivered in
Quietly apologetic tones, echoes
Down the thousand mile
Corridor that has opened
In her breast. Images of
Wedding day dances and
Cinema trips, holidays by
The sea and the time they
Got caught in a cloudburst
While walking in the hills.
A nurse hovers in the
Background, holding a board
For the doctor to sign
As all around, unheard, the hospital
Hums, buzzes and clatters
Unknowing and busy while
She falls forever.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, March 07, 2012

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  • Smoky Hoss (11/12/2012 7:40:00 AM)

    A great strength of descriptive power is in these words.

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  • Sue S. (4/8/2012 7:28:00 AM)

    I totally got this. The last line captures that awful falling into the void. An excellent poem.10.

  • Dustin Newman (3/22/2012 7:14:00 PM)

    Well written and emotional.

  • Lynn Cohen (3/8/2012 5:18:00 PM)

    Wrenching in the juxtaposition of the ordinary and the tragedy of the news.

  • Diane Hine (3/7/2012 7:12:00 AM)

    Spare of words and intense in effect.

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