30 April 2019
Day 30 of National Poetry Month
Enjoy this wintry-themed poem.
It’s one of my personal favorites.
6:30 AM, overcast and chilly
You appear at my doorway
an Aloe Vera plant slumped in your left hand
“What should we do with this?” you ask.
Clouds drift around your head.
“Do we have a name for this one?
It fell out of the nest this morning.”
Winds are 14 miles per hour
Visibility is 7 miles
Your fingers clutch fragile memories
floating around the dangling roots
Medicinal plants are not always accurate.
Rain or snow determines your travels
A simple procedure- one hour, or so.
Partially sunny and chilly.
Visibility 10 miles.
One by one, the surgical team
visits our Aloe vera plant.
“just a little blood” – the nurse says
“That will have to do,” you say.
Observations are higher or lower
than what is listed in a short-range forecast.
I say, “The moon is in the last quarter.”
You thump my hands, one after the other –
and once again.
You warn me, “this will pinch a lot.
The Moon is in Libra today”
“Don’t move,” you say.
The surgeon says,
“When the moon is ready, we will go.”
“We are ready anyway, you say.
The time is now – the sky is exposed.
Current positions of the planets
are ready to roll into the concert hall.
Noon: 30 degrees F.
Partially sunny and chilly
“You can hear the aloe plant
breathing across the entire room.”
You are given a new name:
Stat Chest Bed Number 10
5 PM.: Sunny and Chilly
31 degrees F.
12 miles per hour winds
Listen to a voice recording of “Weather Observations” Click here, to read and Listen to Audio of Lynda reading 2 poems.
Wordgathering. Volume 12, Issue 4. December 2018.
Written by Lynda McKinney Lambert in 2015. Revised in 2018.
This poem will appear in my forthcoming full-length book of poetry, Star Signs: New and Selected Poems.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved.
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