The Episode

Andreja Hojnik Fišić

Andreja Hojnik Fišić

Lying on the gurney
looking up at a sack of saline
drip`drip`dripping thru the line
running down into your hand
a little needle`bloody

listening to the tires
of the ambulance rumbling
down the highway to a hospital
under the bright white glare
of the halogen light

recognizing the way
as one you’ve gone before
yet not quite the exact same
the absence of the sirens
the emt’s tranquility

knowing behind you
follows your anxious wife
who’s come this way before
as well so the same so not
heart racing as yours

wondering if tonight
will be the end of all rides
yet knowing somehow not
not the final kiss on brow
not a final I love you!

“Even in a country you know by heart
it’s hard to go the same way twice.” ~ Wendell Berry


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to The Episode

  1. been there, done that – several times

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  2. rivrvlogr says:

    “so the same so not”
    Probably in so many ways, one of the “nots” being the state of reversed roles.

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  3. sounds familiar – part of getting older I guess


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