Lifelines MAG

By Lauren E., Gilford, NH

     Here, souls escape their lifelong baggage on the third floor
and take the elevator up.

Away from the machines that breathe
waiting below, not permitting death or life.
Where the chemical they use
to clean the floor and cook the food is a thin veneer
to the smell of decay lurking in the rooms with all the wilting people.

Metal-eyed, they roll the trays around every so many hours
measuring only quantity to keep you alive
and to put you to sleep
at the same time.
Routinely they record the number of breaths
taken by lungs that can no longer laugh.

They tried to fix his weary heart by replacing it
with a sleek new one.
Couldn’t be broken anymore, they liked to laugh, but I knew
he’d be back too soon, unhooking his plastic
lifelines and turning his bed toward the window
so he’d be able to look up at the sky.

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i love this so much!

on Aug. 25 2010 at 9:21 pm
Someone_Who_Is_Loved GOLD, Mount Forest, Other
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Favorite Quote:
This quote is one I made up.....
"You can't climb a mountian without a harness." It means that you can't go where you want to get in life without the help of your friends or family.

This poem really moved me because I have a pacemaker, which is an electronical device that was put in me as a baby 2 help my heart beat. This was amazing, and it brought tears 2 my eyes

on Aug. 25 2010 at 11:17 am
meganwagner21 PLATINUM, Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes good things have to fall apart so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
"Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." -Maria Robinson

wow...amazing ! relly deep. love.

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