A visit from The Healing Muse: 'Bar-hopping'
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 "Bar-hopping," by Claudia Serea. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.
Deirdre Neilen, PhD: Claudia Serea is the author of five poetry collections and a founding editor of National Translation Month. Her poem "Bar-hopping" is a lovely remembrance of a father-daughter relationship.
I wonder if the water in his lungs is salty
like the waves lapping at my feet.
He once told me if I passed the entrance exam
to the university,
he'd take me bar-hopping,
and I laughed.
Why would I go bar-hopping
with my father?
I got past the exam,
and we never went to any bars,
or to the Black Sea again.
Now the sea has come back,
searching for him.
Water climbed into his lungs
and the machine pumps oxygen
to help him breathe,
in and out
like the tides.
If he were awake, I'd tell him,
When you get out of the hospital,
I'll take you bar-hopping
and to the beach again.
The sea rolls on the shore