Operating Theatre

Posted: February 14, 2017 in thought stream

Tonight at http://dversepoets.com/this-is-us/    Lillian is hosting and wants us to write poetry about hearts ~ February 14 ~ see what she did there?!

He lays out instruments puts on mask
and goggles. Looks at the patient then
reaches for pitching tool and mallet.
First blow jars his elbow, he braces
and strikes again. Soon there’s a rhythm.

Using masons stroke the sculptor
chips away sweeping across the surface,
shattering resistance. Dust blooms
in the air, seed heads of hope.
Earthquake rubble strewn at his feet.

Now he needs to cut deep. With fishtail
chisel he carves valleys, casting shadows
in shadows. He puts ear to rock,
stethoscopes for sounds. Silence.
He starts again chiselling to the core.

Finally there it is.
His father’s heart.
He touches gently,
it kick starts.
A faint pulse.
A beating stone.

  1. lillian says:

    The title is chilling. And then there is the cold stone….the chisel and battering….putting the head to the stone. I imagine a sculpture as someone who seeks the living from the stone cold.
    Well done. So glad you posted!

  2. Splendid… almost like a reverse Pygmalion… and the title is just awesome to the poem.

  3. Wow.Stunning use of metaphor perhaps? So much possibility here.

  4. Brilliant, and for anyone who has survived any major surgery a fitting tribute to the skill and mastery of the surgeon.

  5. sanaarizvi says:

    My goodness I literally have goosebumps! Powerfully penned.

  6. vividly descriptive in brutality with that tender touch at the end in a soupconne of surprise

  7. Barry D. says:

    Breathtaking work! I had to read it a few times to grasp it… powerful work.

  8. Grace says:

    Beautifully written poem, specially the ending lines ~

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