Helen Mort

(1985 / Sheffield)

Ablation - Poem by Helen Mort

Inside the Northern General
they're trying to burn away
a small piece of your heart.

I want to know which bit,
how much
and what it holds.

My questions live
between what doctors call the heart
and what we mean by it,

wide as the gap between brain and mind.
And in our lineage of bypassed hearts
we should be grateful

for the literal. I know my heart
is your heart — good for running,
not much else

and later as you sit up in your borrowed bed
I get the whole thing wrong,
call it oblation. Offering

or sacrifice. As if you'd given something up.
As if their tiny fire was ritual
and we could warm by it.

Comments about Ablation by Helen Mort

  • Bharati Nayak (10/13/2016 9:32:00 PM)

    Yes, there is a wide gap between what doctors mean by 'Heart' and what we understand.Is it only an organ constituting muscles, and blood vessels pumping and purifying blood or the Centre' of all emotions and feelings? Doctors are right if they surgically remove any extraneous growth that block the flow of blood and we are right when we want to keep our hearts clean by removing bad emotions like anger, envy, fear and hatred etc.A nice, thought provoking poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (10/13/2016 3:09:00 PM)

    A very good write. But can't understand how this straight write gets the modern label. (10) (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/13/2016 2:49:00 PM)

    Written from that heart. Quietly powerful. Ablation is a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) , a type of irregular heartbeat. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/13/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    Skillful writing, I liked the poem. Congrats for POTD honour.....Loved it 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/13/2016 10:55:00 AM)

    This is a very nice poem. Enjoyed reading. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/13/2016 7:01:00 AM)

    Actually the spark of writing skill makes the reader spell-bound. Literally confused what's the truth surgery or artistic suffering! Love or living.... main necessity of heart according to various ideological and material aspect... what's the truth! A piece of poetic achievement tried skilfully to define their conjugation. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/13/2016 5:27:00 AM)

    Oblation and ablation. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (10/13/2016 1:35:00 AM)

    Amazing nothing more to add (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/13/2016 12:30:00 AM)

    An ablation is a good poem.10
    I once tried to pen on this subject, and gave up. I suppose it was so personal. I have been cured by a heart ablation. Otherwise, I would be living a quite different life.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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