HONORABLE MENTION : Origami Poems Kindness Contest 2017
Peril, strangely encountered, strangely endured - H.D.
by Joyce Schmid
You lay asleep, connected everywhere
to things that beeped and pumped
and breathed and sighed. Alarms went off.
Footsteps clicked, phones rang,
and trolleys rattled by. You moaned.
Then suddenly, there was the sound of singing--
pure wide-open music—
huge bouquets of glowing reds
and blues and yellows edged in light.
I stepped out in the corridor and saw
a choir dressed in jeans and bright Hawaiian
flowers, singing in the room across from us.
The singing stopped. The sound of footsteps
faded through the hall. And that was all,
except your breathing evened
and your face was bright.
Joyce Schmidt © 2017
Joyce Schmid spends all of her free time writing poetry. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband of half a century, too far away from their grandchildren.
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Cover art by Lauri Burke