Posts Tagged "Philip Levine"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 132

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Archive | 2 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 132

Have you ever shared a standard-size mattress? They used to be, well, standard. In this poem, we’d just moved from our almost-cottage-sized house on the Elk River in Maryland back across the state line into Delaware. Bigger house, bigger bed. Sinfully big.   Buying The King-Sized Bed   I am already thinking of rolling around that expanse, tossing a leg without entangling. The way I am, though, I see all the possibilities for loss. I see us pillowed and billowed, supported in exactly the right hollows by ergonomically designed, pocketed coils, while beneath it all, the pea under a...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 32

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Archive | 29 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 32

Does anyone talk about POST-cancer-treatment? You step onto the moving walkway, put your head down, pass all the Stations of the Cross (to mix metaphors), and suddenly the voice-over says to watch your step, the walkway is ending. Feet flat on the dispassionate floor. You’ve been stoic; you’ve looked for humor in all this. When it began, you girded your loins and took each day, horrible or not, as it came. Then it seemed you were to UN-gird your loins and be as normal as possible. Tired, yes, you knew that would be the case. Very tired for a long time. But I did not expect to feel...

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