Nancy Vorkink

Rookie (New York)

Bionic Woman - Poem by Nancy Vorkink

I yearn to walk the labyrinth again.

Replaced right knee heals
Took two years to ready myself
To acupuncture the pain
To accept a one block walk.

My left knee aches with pain
Needs also metal and plastic
Screeching from a homebound night
I ask why twice.

My surgeon must peak perform
Another slice down my pink skin
Deep into tissue gone awry
Chisel bone like a sculptor.

No time to put aside
Ted hose, bath bench,
Stretches, bends, painkillers
Must ready again for the knife.

I tire of pouring lemonade
Of asking for help,
No clue on how to deal with this
But I am.

I yearn to walk the labyrinth again.

© 2002 Nancy Vorkink

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 23, 2010

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