March 25, 2006

Grey

We had to do poetry for my creative writing class. Please hang with me, as this is the first time I've written poetry since like high school or something. And that was just the random assignments. As always, comments welcome.

Blue was on the left wrist
Blue was for identification
Told the nurses his name and birthday
So they knew what to call him
But in the halls they just said “the attempt”

Purple was on the right wrist
Purple was NO KNOWN DRUG ALLERGIES
Told the doctors they could give him any and all drugs
Put into his body whatever they wanted
Because his heart no longer cared

Orange was on the left wrist
Orange was blank
Told everyone he could not leave
Marked him as a “risk to himself”
And gave voice to the pain in his eyes

Orange was on the right wrist
Orange was blank
Told everyone, no sharps, no chapstick, no shoelaces allowed
A bracelet the color of a convict’s jumpsuit
Said so much without any words

Blue, Purple, Orange and Orange
Against his pale skin
Lying limp in a hospital bed
Dull eyes grey with pain
Avoiding every other gaze

His life reduced to four colors

Posted by allison at March 25, 2006 12:18 PM
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I like

Posted by: Dan Kordik at March 25, 2006 01:44 PM
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