Been grounded so long seems like flight

Been grounded so long seems like flight

Gerard Sarnat

Seventeen hours since spine injections,
placid pitter-patter of rain drops on our
A-frame nest’s wooden bedroom roof,
gossamer comforter on top, warm flossy
mattress pad underneath, silky smooth
guardian angel next to me, waking before
dawn without torment; wounded skeleton
feels almost normal for 1st time in months.

Holding walking stick then not using it,
I rise on two feet for morning ablutions,
carefully dispatch what have become
formidable stairs, press otherwise-set
Mr. Coffee to On, actually pet the cat
before bending gently to fill kibble dish
(deferring clean water to purring mistress),
perch on downy ergonomic computer rig.

A fledgling phoenix at repose, I can now
manage my own organic steel-cut oatmeal
& blueberries before considering how to
tackle vexing pent-up business stuff though
only after taking a few motionless minutes
to contemplate kneeshipsswings (potentially
+ vertebrae) that remain anything but feathers
covering an ossified wattled endangered body.

Gerard Sarnat

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