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March 02, 2005

Brain Candy, Raymond Carver Redux

What The Doctor Said

He said it doesn't look good
he said it looks bad in fact real bad
he said I counted thirty-two of them on one lung before
I quit counting them
I said I'm glad I wouldn't want to know
about any more being there than that
he said are you a religious man do you kneel down
in forest groves and let yourself ask for help
when you come to a waterfall
mist blowing against your face and arms
do you stop and ask for understanding at those moments
I said not yet but I intend to start today
he said I'm real sorry he said
I wish I had some other kind of news to give you
I said Amen and he said something else
I didn't catch and not knowing what else to do
and not wanting him to have to repeat it
and me to have to fully digest it
I just looked at him
for a minute and he looked back it was then
I jumped up and shook hands with this man who'd just given me
something no one else on earth had ever given me
I may have even thanked him habit being so strong

- Raymond Carver

PS I should very likely have to investigate why I've posted so much Raymond Carver poetry compared to any other author. Still, this one fits my mood today.

Posted by Dan at March 2, 2005 05:03 PM

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I'm going to have to look into Raymond Carver myself, Dan-- this one is wonderful. Kind of a pensive day, hm? We named your name in chapel this morning, your great cloud of witnesses... mostly wackos, ruffians and savages, but you're stuck with us. ;)

Posted by: Gail at March 2, 2005 10:47 PM


Maybe it was knowing that I was being prayed for by a school full of liberals that made me pensive. There's no telling how many gods got contacted with THAT bunch on the job.

Tell them all I love them very much, ok?

Posted by: Dan at March 3, 2005 07:48 AM

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