Michael Meyerhofer

Death, The First Time - Poem by Michael Meyerhofer

I was seven, running across the ice
when I slipped and cracked my skull,

blood bursting like crimson novas
on the sidewalk while I dangled

from the frantic arms of a nun
sprinting towards the principal’s office.

They asked later if it hurt—the frosty
bite, the whole world flipped on its side,

then the long needle, the doctor’s
masked face and careful stitching,

searching for a face I recognized. I lied
as all boys must and said it didn’t, that

I did not cry fat tears when pain set in.
Nor did I mention that first moment,

weirdly quiet, when I got back up
and rejoined the end-of-recess line

just a little stunned, a strange
giddiness as within me something

began to rise, untangling its ancient
coils and lifting off the deep towards

the fresh bright crack,
the cerulean field and just above:

home, the gates wide open.

Comments about Death, The First Time by Michael Meyerhofer

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Monday, October 24, 2005

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]