For Now - Read on March 17, 2019 at Mary's, Baldwin Creek,
Published in Spring 2019 Zig Zag Lit Mag
A phone trills, our neighbor speaks,
an ambulance has been summoned.
Embarking on a swift drive north
to Chittenden from Addison
My calm surprises me
I know right where to park, too
There you are, Bed #63
suited up in a cotton gown.
Machines beep in S-O-S rhythm
needles pierce veins amidst a veil of wires
yet you smile and say hello.
Reaching out, I touch your ankle
it's all I can think of to do, so
I hope my hand feels warm
and I wonder, does such a gesture
ever save a person's life?
Doctors speak in a language of mixed messages,
which we absorb in increments.
I'm reminded of those books about
Mindfulness and the Now, and
I realize it'd probably be helpful to consider
it all -- for future reference.