………….after Louise Glück
Walking the halls with my daughter,
her IV pole like Asclepius’ staff, snake
twined, she rolls past
curtained cubicles, other children
with cancer, Crohn’s, cauldrons
of misinformed codes, cellular traffic jams,
bodies rising against
themselves. Hydra monsters
slither out their noses, spiral from chests,
wrapping arms like bindweed.
While medicine drips—a cup
of Gorgon’s blood might heal—injecting
sunny day regularity like morning coffee—
we mothers clutch Medusa’s mask,
stroke stubble-crowned heads, calm
buzzing needles of fear.
We call upon our powers of invention
imagining we are the ones
who escape unharmed and
ward off time in cartoon
fantasies, where Roadrunner
is never road-kill.
“The Fantasy”; Ars Medica, Spring, 2012
Suzanne E. Edison’s work appears in print: in her small books, Tattooed With Flowers and What Cannot Be Swallowed; The Examined Life Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; The Healing Art of Writing,Volume One; Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine; Ars Medica; Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening; Pearl; and Crab Creek Review, among other places. Also found online at Dermanities, Literary Mama, and KUOW. She lives in Seattle, Washington.