AM Juster Poems
|5.||To A Painting Of Echo||1/3/2003|
|6.||Long Strange Trip||1/3/2003|
|8.||Into The Country Of The Gadarenes||1/3/2003|
|9.||Note From Echo||1/3/2003|
Please flood her nerves with sedatives
and keep her strong enough to crack a smile
so disbelieving friends and relatives
can temporarily sustain denial.
Please smite that intern in oncology
who craves approval from department heads
Please ease her urge to vomit; let there be
kind but flirtatious men in nearby beds.
Given her hair, consider amnesty
for sins of vanity; make mirrors vanish.
Surround her with forgiving family
and nurses not too numb to cry. Please banish
trite consolations; take her in one swift
and gentle motion...