Three Fuji apples (a poem)

Another long day…

1
The tingling starts halfway there
the wind through the windows pretends
it’s to blame
but leaves just enough doubt
for the wire to threaten snapping

And then where would I be?

The last mile marker
is the least useful
refusing to tell me
what I most need to know

And then there I am

The waiting room is a repository
for anticipation and uncertainty
and we’ve all thrown aces—
one–two–three–war!

Who leaves with more?

2
There are three Fuji apples
in the produce section
where I forgot to check

3
The scale says 80
12.8
according to the scoreboard

Stats don’t lie

Memory, on the other hand
has been known to throw up
a few whoppers
to protect the unsuspecting—
or to lead them there

4
There are three Fuji apples
in the produce section
where I forgot to check

5
Anger
Denial
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance

Thanks to the stand-up comedian
in All That Jazz
I’ve memorized the five stages
of grief in terminal illness
in the wrong order

The thing I can’t help wondering
is whether we’re just getting started
or already there

6
There are three Fuji apples
in the produce section
where I forgot to check

(5 August 2019)

 


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