That line

You take a photograph of yourself,
shirtless, vulnerable
to show where they split
and stapled you together

more intimate
than mirrors tell it

I see your fragility

the determination
ringing tired eyes,
spun with the surety
of flesh reknitting

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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28 Responses to That line

  1. ManicDdaily says:

    Those are terrible lines for people to deal with. Well-expressed. k.

  2. So much truth–my brother just had major surgery–we put ourselves at death’s door sometimes–in the pursuit of less pain

  3. annotating60 says:

    Great beginning woman,–I’d think about losing “but” and “slow” in the last stanza.>KB

  4. Alice Keys says:

    I like vision of the raw core of fragile humanity looking past the slash and stitch marks. Very intensely real. Just the way I like poetry.

  5. This reminded me of an image I saw once of a woman with a scar from a radical mastectomy that she had covered with a tattoo of a dragon. I always wondered at the courage it must have taken to embrace and accept something like that. with “the determination
    ringing tired eyes,
    spun with the surety
    of flesh reknitting”
    …yes…exactly like that…

  6. 1EarthUnited says:

    Courage in the face of adversity, very powerful imagery. Be well. ☼

  7. Great compassion! Your poem flows with this warm compassion and empathy. Your last stanza (especially “Flesh reknitting”) carries with it also the reassuring hints of hope re-igniting, body-soul-spirit re-welding, rebinding – buoyed by stubborn hope, positive, challenging and negating the negation of dying and death. Dylan Thomas would have been proud of this strong urge to live that surfaces in this last stanza. They resonate with his words – “Do not go gentle into that good night”!

  8. Having been split and stapled several times myself, I really appreciated this.

  9. you capture moments and we join you. it is stunning.

  10. nelle says:

    Quite personal, portraying a circumstance I can well imagine.

  11. Poignant, Susan. I hope your friend is recovering very well

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