Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday, Meditation via Poetry

In Sickness and in Health

My friend whose husband
will soon succumb to cancer
loves to lie next to him at night

to smell him and feel the warm
stomach and flanks through his pajamas
the two of them are glad

he can still walk the streets of New York
still get tickets to the Philharmonic on impulse
they never fight any more

Alicia Suskin Ostriker


Anonymous said...

I like this a lot--and I've often mused on how it takes something really big to put things in perspective, but not so eloquently. I also think about how D and I never fight anymore either since he quit drinking and you know what? It's quite nice.

apathy lounge said...

I'm totally blown away by this. Totally.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Thank you.

jenn said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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