Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Don’t be scared of the forceps, child

Although the knives have been sharpened well.

The needle will only prick for a second,

And you will only bleed for a while.

The steel may pinch your unformed toes

And bring a soft cringe on your slimy forehead.

It’s only a few hours’ doing, child-

Don’t let all the blood scare you.

Your mother will probably heave a sigh

Because this was the way you had to die;

Only from the clanging of metal claws,

Cocooned in mists of injected anaesthetics-

Faraway from the wars we adults fight.

Don’t cry dear child, you’ll be alright.

17 comments:

so?hi!kneee. said...

fast...and even before u can react,death kisses ur lovely eyes...

Elendil said...

Reminds me of a passage from Godot. Something about being born astride a grave. Did you write this?

little boxes said...

of course i did

Ephemera said...

I really liked the choice of words-gives the piece an icy and distant touch.
Reminds me of this track called "Lightning Crashes" by Live

The Red Baron said...

I have not read the great poems as English is not my subject...but i am writing this down so that during my next date with the steel i do not cry!!

rh3a said...

so much like Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb'. Its strange how i find a weird sense of familiarity with ur writings!

rh3a said...

ironically, when i read this, i was due to be operated 2 days later.. its only now that i'm back home and i re-read this n comment!

Subhalakshmi Roy said...

loved it.

i really have nothing more to say.

Onrak GT said...

Woah, morbidity at its rawest best. An illustration is due, I'll give you credit :)

Saudamini said...

It's hauntingly beautiful. Very nice.

Revived Angel... said...

the best one from you i've come across till date..gave me goosebumps..

Phoenix speaks.... said...

Beautiful, shocking, harsh, touching...four words hardly used together. Shivers down the spine.

AP said...

Ah, hmmm...

(surprising how vella comments can be :-P)

jo said...

brutal and morbid..loved it :)

sujaan said...

modern medicine... wonder how modern it really is...

i love how you can jump into the subject from the first line... very well written loved it

Casuarina said...

Keep writing. You inspire me.

farustar said...

gentle yet brutal. and so impersonal....beautiful poem.