Patti Masterman

I Survived - Poem by Patti Masterman

I survived the crazy hospital scene,
The time spent sobbing on nurses shoulders;
Feeling sorry for them, always having the distraught
Family members using them as surrogate handkerchiefs.
And I came back into my own life again,
Which I know you would have approved of;
And I tried to sweep up all the little scattered crumbs,
From that sunken city,
And re-form it into something, maybe
A semblance of what was now missing?
I kept trying so hard, to pile up
The tiny fragments just right; but I had to give it up finally-
Crumbs just won’t stack.
Then I realized that I have been inside the
Steel reinforced safehouse you built around me
With your love, for so many years of my life, and
That it will never tumble down.
And here I have been living in the Taj Mahal all this time,
Rich in everything that matters;
But only noticing the little piles of crumbs
Here and there, in the doorways. Forgive me for that.
I guess I just forgot to keep looking up.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 11, 2010

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