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William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England
Monday, April 12, 2010

Operation

Rating: 3.3
You are carried in a basket,
Like a carcase from the shambles,
To the theatre, a cockpit
Where they stretch you on a table.

Then they bid you close your eyelids,
And they mask you with a napkin,
And the anaesthetic reaches
Hot and subtle through your being.

And you gasp and reel and shudder
In a rushing, swaying rapture,
While the voices at your elbow
Fade-receding-fainter-farther.

Lights about you shower and tumble,
And your blood seems crystallising -
Edged and vibrant, yet within you
Racked and hurried back and forward.

Then the lights grow fast and furious,
And you hear a noise of waters,
And you wrestle, blind and dizzy,
In an agony of effort,

Till a sudden lull accepts you,
And you sound an utter darkness . . .
And awaken . . . with a struggle . . .
On a hushed, attentive audience.
William Ernest Henley
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COMMENTS
Mahtab Bangalee 17 August 2019
And you gasp and reel and shudder In a rushing, swaying rapture, While the voices at your elbow......../// beautiful poem penned on the feeling of a patient on operation table in the hospital.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 17 August 2019
Racked and hurried back and forward, the lights grow fast and furious with amazing activity. This poem is very brilliantly and excellently penned.
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Rajnish Manga 17 August 2019
How nice. The entire procedure comes to life with each word, line and stanza of the poem. Thanks.
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Anil Kumar Panda 17 August 2019
Going through an operation is not an easy feeling though. Very nicely done the procedure. Enjoyed.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 17 August 2019
The procedure of operation and it's impact on the one being operated wonderfully narrated, Worthy modern poem of the day.
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Chandan Dey 17 August 2018
A beautiful poem to read; feeling of a patient on operation table in the hospital is depicted immaculately. Thanks for posting this nice poem. Chandan
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Great Reader 17 August 2018
Well operation, indeed
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Adrian Flett 17 August 2018
The senses of the patient are well described in this poem by the author of Invictus.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 17 August 2018
Such a great poem by William Ernest Henley??????
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Mahtab Bangalee 17 August 2018
nice imagery - Then the lights grow fast and furious, And you hear a noise of waters,
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