Richard Lackman

(Philadelphia)

My Hospital Stay


Four white walls and a ceiling light defined my scenic view
A small TV on a pull out arm and a picture quite askew
Old tan spreads and thin white sheets were thrown about the bed
And fell in heaps about my feet like a puffy thunderhead

My dancing partner beeped at me with menacing alarm
With four small wheels and a steel gray shaft and an IV in my arm
Instead of shirts and pants and shoes I simply wore a gown
With knotted straps and broken snaps like a frightful hand-me-down

How ludicrous I must have looked while standing at the door
Like some great driftwood log all worn and washed up on the shore
Or an aging statue pitted by the winds along the sea
Barely recognizable as what it used to be

I recall my precious youth and good times that I had
Pursuing life with courage like a reborn Gallihad
But I survived the worst of it and I am here to say
With great appreciation I thank God for every day

Submitted: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Edited: Monday, April 02, 2012

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  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (7/7/2014 4:41:00 AM)

    well written indeed Richard, it all flows together to bring out a flawless poem at the end.keep up the good poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,130 Points Valerie Dohren (3/25/2012 1:32:00 PM)

    Excellent Dick - maybe you could recite this to your patients to raise a laugh! Extremely well rhymed reflecting your poetic talents. (Report) Reply

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