Out of the Corner of My Eye Is Me: A poem

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

Out of the Corner of My Eye Is Me

I watch the lady who sits by me with her friends
I peek out of the corner of my eye because it’s rude to stare.
I see the clear lines running up her nose helping her breath the warm, bacon filled air.
I watch.
She turns to her friend and says something that makes the other lady smile.
But I notice that she snaps her mouth closed like a turtle to grab a missed breath.
As the meal passes she talks less and less.
I watch.
Because that will be me.
In a few years.
Not being able to get my breath even on good days.
And I know she is having a good day because on bad days you don’t leave your house unless you are on the way to the hospital.
I reach for my glass of OJ and see the bruise in the crook of my arm.
A botched IV on my vacation in room 421.
When they told me my lungs work less than half as well as they should.
I notice her gray face, her old lady clothes and no makeup.
Will I quit trying too?
Will it be too hard to just get up and get dressed that I can’t put on my makeup. Or color my hair. Or buy new clothes.
Because that will be me.
In a few years.
I see her smile at something that is said but I know she wants to laugh but can’t.
As they finish she walks slowly to the door and I feel like crying.
I watch.
I stare now because I know I looked into a mirror.
And it scared me.
Because that will be me.
In a few years.
Many years, I hope.

Laura B Williams

  1. I am thinking of you, Laura. Know that at least you have people around you and writing. Sending you love. Lee

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