People Who Live Near the Hospital

Another one from Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, and The Gospel of Galore.

People Who Live Near the Hospital

by Tina Kelley

People Who Live Near the Hospital

Sick ones and survivors look down and see
real life going on, presumably unscarred,
the tricycle on the lawn, the garage door open,
the truck on the highway going under
the overpass, emerging on.

From the solarium window the scene below
looks fragile, cinematic and deaf,
a model railroad, an oasis of health,
the people there unknowingly blessed
by the wishes of those who wait.

— (from The Gospel of Galore) –> THURSDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER, 2006

Poem: “People Who Live Near the Hospital” by Tina Kelley from The Gospel of Galore. © Word Press. Reprinted with permission.

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