Posts Tagged "Robert Lowell"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 54

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Archive | 34 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 54

Tonight I brought dinner to Jerry at the rehab place where he’s staying (Do you have any IDEA how badly some of our elders are fed in these places?). We watched an episode of HGTV (yes), and I cried when the man with five children whose wife had died sold his house so he could send the children to college. Trap # 1: the word depression. It only confirms itself. At the moment, okay, instead I’ll say the atmosphere around me is blue-black, and seems like a bass cello; no, I’d say an oboe, except that I’d see Sonia the duck in Peter and the Wolf.  So like me, smiling at the duck while...

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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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