Saturday, March 12, 2016

Poem: “Healing” By Diane Vreuls

Some procedures have no pain that we remember.
Anesthetized, we slowly wake to the delirium of daylight,
the gated bed, the tubes, telemetry,
the insistent recall to identity,
the life we are required to resume –
it is there pain takes up residence.
They call it healing.

My daughter, lifted from the cross, must now endure recovery.
My neighbor, crawling from the grave, must now walk upright.
Our soldiers, damaged in an instant, must mend for years.

They say suffering unto health
hurts less than suffering unto death.
Those suffering don’t say this.

They say: We are broken, Lord,
like communion bread.
What can we do but kneel
and open our hands?

Commonweal, February 20, 2015, page 11.