Poetry: Sweetheart

Did I know you?
It’s hard to say…
I have no yesterday, no tomorrow
No just-a-moment-ago, or in-a-second

Right now.

Did I know you?
Something tells me I did
But that could be the same Something that tells me I’m at home or that I dislike chocolate or that sunlight feels cold.

Did I know you?
If I look long enough
Maybe I’ll remember/
what remember means.

And recognize.

And know.

Did I/
you?

Inspired by David Paget and all those suffering from Locked-In Syndrome

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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