Poetry: The Classroom

Wide awake (for once) determined to learn
texts, pencils, fresh sheets of paper, shamelessly sheer
anticipating that long-awaited Mark.

Lecture lunges forward abruptly until instructor inquires –
Purse your lips, appear to ponder
that captivating question (what was it again?)
wander through thoughts.

Another answers. Breathe relief as
drone drone monotone
you find yourself

Waiting, watching the window, where
fog fades the houses on the hill but not the
halted hands
haunting you, taunting you
as you slouch slowly lower to avoid
Professor’s perception. And you –
You pursue your musing of the
love that
does not
know.

About Jenn

While pursuing my literary and professional goals, I managed a severe form of gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) for six years, now complicated by full GI failure and a nonspecific autonomic failure of unknown etiology. In August of 2010, I finally had my stomach removed (total gastrectomy) to stop the 24/7 nausea and to lessen the risk of spreading infection to my central IV line (port-a-cath), as both of my gastric tubes (one G-tube in my stomach; one J-tube in my small intestine) were chronically–and extremely painfully–infected for longer than a year. I couldn’t possibly have survived the six-plus years of TPN (IV nutrition), surgeries, new (and unrelated) diagnoses, and being forced to go on disability without my amazingly supportive, encouraging, adoring, patient Care Partner and husband, Greg (married 1999)… Who reminds me of the unconditional, perfect love of God as shown through His Son, Jesus. My writing credits include The Da Vinci Code Adventure and Two Roads Through Narnia as well as several movie review compilations. Not all of the entries are health-related. My conditions have finally settled into a quasi-normal routine. There will be ebbs and flows, but I am still active, and plan to live as long as I’m alive.
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