Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work
MAY 12, 2017
One of the nicest parts of our annual Celebration of Life was the publication of writings, poems and essays and short stories, written by our patients. We still have a few copies of the last book that contained some favorites from twenty years of COL. If you are interested, let me know, and I will send it to you.
Today's poem comes from Colleen who shared it in a nice email. It is from the Georgia Review:
by Cleopatra Mathis
They never expected me back.
Mice took the house,
burrowing into linens and tissues.
Vent or crack, they nestled in—
half an inch will do it. A bed
in the stove's insulation, clever
lacuna between the oven and fire.
I am not the same and they know it.
Afraid of what I might touch
wherever I reach, connections
severed, all the lines chewed.
My house is a sieve. In and out they go
with sunflower hulls, cartilage bits,
nesting, nesting . . .
Winter will shut me
in with the stink, trapped in a Havahart
I can't empty. It's a matter of waiting,
bone cells burned through, decaying.
Colleen went on to say this:
I called Missouri Review. The editor there told me about another poet, Jessica Jacobs, who had just published in their Fall '17 issue:
- When Your Surgeon Brought Snapshots to the Waiting Room
- Though We Made Love in the Afternoons
- from In the Days between Detection and Diagnosis
- When My Job Is to Wait
Here is a link for those:https://www.missourireview.com/article/poetry-feature-jessica-jacobs/