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The Cancer Sonnets Series

Candle Power in Intensive Care

The unction cools my brow, the candle shines
and forms a line of sacramental brede;
the priest half-chants the text, and makes the signs,
jogging my mind with the redemptive creed
I learned to lisp in church. A night-shift nurse
shows up with rosary beads and borrowed shawl.
I squeeze my morphine pump: the pain is worse.
A gurney clatters down the empty hall.
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Adeline Foster 04 March 2013
Well done! Must read mine - His Purposes Move On - Adeline
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Jim Hogg 01 December 2012
'As rumored in my blood' is one of so many phrases in this sequence of beauty brought forth from horror that oblige the reader to pause and savour, to appreciate the power and fine tuning of, the 'shaping' mind at work in this creation of a unique perspective
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Scotty Dogg 28 November 2012
BTW, I like 'The Second Coming' very much! Scary and weird!
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Scotty Dogg 28 November 2012
We're on Yeats now. ENG Lit. I couldn't help notice you were somewhat of an expert. Would you consider giving me 2 or 3 quick thoughts on him? I would cite your opinions properly of course. I'm drawn to him because he wrote some of his best work later in life. I like that about him. I'm a fan of 'less is more' too. He seems to subscribe to this as well. I have not read that much, however. I could be wrong about that. (Only if you're feeling well enough) Take care!
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William F. Dougherty 18 November 2012
Ironic timing. Just out of hospital for serious cardiac problem. Thanx.
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Scotty Dogg 12 November 2012
Three of my all time favorites. About cancer, yet so much humor comes through (hope it's okay to say this) . I think this says a lot about the author. crinkled cellophane...marrow's rage..., so many great lines. Can't wait for more!
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