A visit from The Healing Muse: 'Gift'
Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate‘s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.
Today‘s selection is "Gift," by David Radavich. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.
[00:00:00] David Radavich's most recent lyric collection eloquently praises the astounding miracle of organ donation.
[00:00:13] It's not something
[00:00:14] I ever expected.
[00:00:16] Casually wrapped
[00:00:17] in hospital blue,
[00:00:19] wires and monitors,
[00:00:21] nametag askew.,
[00:00:23] nothing asked for
[00:00:24] from no body I knew.
[00:00:26] But here is the vital
[00:00:28] up on the charts.
[00:00:29] this heart of hearts
[00:00:31] pumping to parts
[00:00:32] of every cell
[00:00:33] without thinking
[00:00:34] without counting
[00:00:36] without any flash --
[00:00:38] a red bloom of flesh
[00:00:40] wrapped in what
[00:00:41] used to be a tight husk
[00:00:42] now singing
[00:00:43] its arteries
[00:00:45] a psalm at dusk.