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Do Not Resuscitate - Poem by Michael Philips

Saturated in morphine
breathing like a hurt animal
maybe somewhere deep down
at the bottom of the mineshaft
a little light was flickering.
We spoke to her, sometimes loudly,
We held her hand and felt its warmth
We stroked her hair.

We expected the end in hours or a day,
More morphine and more wild animal rasping
on into the morning and the next morning.
Work days are missed, meetings postponed,
return flights canceled, everyone thinking
please hurry up, and feeling guilty for it,
asking the doctor how long now, and
how could her oxygen level be going back up.

More morphine and more animal breathing.
Just as she lived her life
she would die on her own terms, by God,
and screw us and our goddam schedules.
Sitting at her bedside, I realized
that someone who could be so infuriating in life
was now infuriating us with her death.
My sister looked over and wondered
what I was laughing about


Comments about Do Not Resuscitate by Michael Philips

  • Rookie - 0 Points Scarlett Treat (7/1/2006 6:26:00 PM)

    This, Michael, is an extremely honest look at the two participants of death - the one dying and the one left behind. Having been there, I know sometimes that the only way we can cope with death is to laugh out loud! And then we feel guilty for laughing...but if we are lucky, the one dying would know - and understand. Scarlett (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Wanda Swim Strunk (11/30/2005 9:33:00 PM)

    It's wierd experiencing someone passing. I watched my mother in law pass with quiet calm only a death rattle at the very end. I saw her younger brother pass 2 weeks ago from the same cancer screaming in pain then quietly no sound just shallow breathing at the end. Death has it's own signature. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keiah Delu (11/27/2005 6:46:00 PM)

    Wow, this poem was very emotional to me and the details were on point, you kept me interested, not one boring sentence. Well done! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Animal

  1. 1. Do Not Resuscitate , Michael Philips
  2. 2. Bearly A Cereal Killer , Joe Rosochacki
  3. 3. The Shadow , Georg Trakl
  4. 4. 18 Acts , O Anna Niemus
  5. 5. Balance , Terry Dawson
  6. 6. Animal In You , Zoe ElsworthMartin
  7. 7. One Ethics One Language , Akhtar Jawad
  8. 8. 1 28 Ways Wars In Gaza, Iraq, Afghanista.. , O Anna Niemus
  9. 9. Blood, Sweat, Tears, Anger! , tamia wells
  10. 10. 21 Ways Americans Can Lose Weight , O Anna Niemus
  11. 11. Bomb Blast , dr. ram sharma
  12. 12. Understanding The Animals , john tiong chunghoo
  13. 13. Express Shame , hasmukh amathalal
  14. 14. The Goodness , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  15. 15. .. Looking Up (Almost Haiku) , Frederick Kesner
  16. 16. Humane , Danny Draper
  17. 17. The 'Poem A Day' Project - Day 80 , Flying Lemming
  18. 18. The Animal Refugees , sheena blackhall
  19. 19. The Animal And The Plant , Naveed Akram
  20. 20. An Hypocrite , Shahabuddin Nagari
  21. 21. Haiku - The Joy To Be Animal , john tiong chunghoo
  22. 22. The Pirates Of Penzance: Act I , WS Gilbert
  23. 23. The Fear Of The Unknown , Francis Duggan
  24. 24. Save The Tigers , rohan bendre
  25. 25. Your Power Animal , Christina Sunrise
  26. 26. The Talking Animal , Philip R. Garges Jr.
  27. 27. A Monster Gets A Dog , Donna Nimmo
  28. 28. Dionysus , gershon hepner
  29. 29. #287 Haiku The Giraffe , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  30. 30. Night Sound , Diana van den Berg
  31. 31. A Zebra Visit , Marilyn Lott
  32. 32. Ramayan Part 35 - Sugreeva's Encounter W.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  33. 33. Just Want To Know , Amitava Sur
  34. 34. I Wonder Where My Lions Are? , Aldo Kraas
  35. 35. 1 Pedophile Ring For Animals: Heifer Int.. , O Anna Niemus
  36. 36. Animal Fights , Saiom Shriver
  37. 37. Untouched , Pradip Chattopadhyay
  38. 38. Song On: Animal Love , Dr John Celes
  39. 39. The Elephants , Terry Dawson
  40. 40. Previously Intellingent Mammals , Constantinos Grigoriadis
  41. 41. Animal Men , Naveed Akram
  42. 42. Crazy Animal , Erik martin
  43. 43. Healthy Back Bag , rwetewrt erwtwer
  44. 44. Poverty. , veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  45. 45. Zz Famous Vegetarians Vegans And Fruitar.. , Saiom Shriver
  46. 46. How Fool We Are! , Aftab Alam
  47. 47. A Little Language , Robert Duncan
  48. 48. The Man , shanker jwala
  49. 49. Man And Animal , dr. ram sharma
  50. 50. The Strongest Always Rule , Francis Duggan
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