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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
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Edward Kofi Louis 17 August 2017

In a basket! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Anil Kumar Panda 17 August 2017

Seems so real as if taken straight from an operation theater. Enjoyed. So nice.

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Lantz Pierre 17 August 2017

Considering that his dates are from the late 19th century he's lucky he even experienced the benefit of being anesthetized before being operated on. And that he survived to write about it.

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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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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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