Car Accident

My husband has been in hospital for a week now with extremely bad pneumonia and twice he coded.  So my thoughts have been solemn but still hopeful, but then again, solemn.  I have been comforted with a notebook (which I rarely use) recording thoughts, poems and of course, American Sentences.  This is a grim poem I wrote after I got to the hospital and experienced several bad accidents on the highway within a half a mile of each other.  It is grim so if you don’t read, I understand!

Car Accident

“Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire…. Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real.”
Charles Bukowski

In the blackness long lines of lights.
two bad car accidents within a half-mile of each other –
one at one exit,
the other at the exit opposite.
I see the firemen hosing down one site.
I think to myself:
on one hand, we gawk.
we want to see the blood on the highway,
the crashed cars.
on the other, we don’t want to look.
It reaches out its claw
and catches us as a raptor does
a mouse in a field.
We want to know we survived.
We need to know we survived.
Death being hosed from the highway.
We don’t want to look.
but then again…




11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Denness
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 12:37:11

    Very sad but somehow true… I wish your husband well and hope he recovers very soon 🙏


  2. Misky
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 12:40:24

    I’d hoped for improving news. I’ll continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. Christine Bolton
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 13:27:57

    Sending you positive thoughts and good wishes for your husband 💕☺️


  4. Christine Bolton
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 13:30:56

    And kind thoughts for you too at such a difficult time 💕


  5. machinist
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 13:50:55

    I am so sorry. I do hope he recovers quickly.


  6. ploucendam
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 23:59:36

    Fear and Hope
    friends for Life
    Sending hope-filled to you and your husband.


  7. Clowie
    Dec 16, 2019 @ 03:19:52

    Best wishes to your husband for a speedy recovery.


  8. fireblossom32
    Dec 16, 2019 @ 09:35:13

    Here’s to better news tomorrow for Brad and for you. Keeping you both in my thoughts.


  9. Audrey M Howitt
    Dec 17, 2019 @ 14:02:09

    I am hoping that your husband continues to heal–death is indiscriminate–and life is precious


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