Monday, April 11, 2011

Magpie Tales 61




Waiting


under a microscope
in a laboratory far away
a slice of tissue rests
my fate will be determined

I sit .. I wait
I sip .. I hope

under a microscope
in a sterile laboratory
a blend of shapes, colors
tell a story, of what will be

I sit .. I wait
I sip .. I hope


41 comments:

  1. Atorment it is to wait in the hope everything is or will be Ok... but while we wait that hope is lost and our thoughts travel to the worst places where hope is not even a choice...
    Hoping this is not the case

    Great ONE!

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  2. you always have such a twist with images and words

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  3. Gosh there is something very powerful about this, really great take on the prompt.

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  4. Out of your hands...what can you do, but sip and wait. What an awful feeling...but so perfectly put. Vb

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  5. Wow ... you took that in a totally different direction than I did.

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  6. Sip? haha! I bet that is the last of a bottle... or maybe the second. Way to go!

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  7. It's always nice to have some company, while waiting. Nice one.

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  8. excellent capture of the agony of waiting

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  9. Hope and PRAY! good one, Thanks.

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  10. It's really something to see the microscopic part..great imagination!

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  11. This is "it." It's going to be OK, and even if its' not OK, it will still be OK. It is a mantra, I give to myself, when I need it. I give it to you...and all that must wait....medicine can be so scary. You are a beautiful spirit and nothing can really touch you. But its" good to nurture yourself when you need it, rather than waiting for someone to nurture you. That is what friends are for, to remind us. You are safe, you are loved....

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  12. The shapes in that glass did look a trifle biological, I agree...

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  13. You create a Haunting sense of mystery from the dregs at the bottom of the glass. They are a comfort to the waiting soul because they render the known unknown. Powerful poem. (thanks for visiting my entry too)

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  14. Nicely played. Interestingly enough, I did exactly the same thing this week. My results were benign. Hope you get good news as well.

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  15. OK .. it's time for me to set the record straight. I am not waiting for biopsy results though I have many times in my life with pesky skin cancers ... cheers! That marble table looked just like my slide under a scope.

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  16. Oh, I'm so glad you clarified that the poem was not about you now Helen. I suspected not, after reading through all the comments, but just having read your words on my blog, my heart sunk as I read your poem. It highlights an anxiety that most of us have experienced and so stands well on its own without the photo. Only the purest teetotaler might miss the significance of "sip".

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  17. Good take on the pic Helen. Glad you aren't really waiting, sipping and hoping!

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  18. Now that was an innovative take on the photo. BTW, I've had readers mistake one or two of my posts as autobiographical. I suppose it's really a tribute to a good piece of writing - convincing, poignant, and hitting a nerve with your readers. So you did well! Congrats.

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  19. Oh this is so good it's scary. I have sat and waited, sat and hoped ...for the results of my daughter's biopsy ...and sadly it was bad news.

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  20. You might as well sip while you're waiting, what else is there to do.
    You wouldn't be the first one. Or the last.

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  21. Hi Helen! Thank God everything under that microscope was benign! (I read your comment above.) Your poem really created a lot of tension building to hope and waiting with the wine. Kept me on the edge the whole way! Good spin and good tale! xxox

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  22. i am glad from the comment all is well...the verse was heavy as i grew up with a father riddled with cancer...triple digit surgeries...

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  23. It's nice and different take on the prompt.

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  24. Interesting how you made use of the biological look of the floating things.

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  25. Patience and wine. So many variations of either but a joint effort nonetheless. I liked this very much, Helen.

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  26. If this is autobiographical...I hold healthy thoughts and a benign outcome... Emotional and very relatable...

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  27. See, I NEED to learn to look at a photo and dissect it like this. It DOES look like something under a microscope! Fantastic. (and oh, so true for so many) Well played.

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  28. Glad to hear you're okay. Interesting, what you saw in the marble. Clever take, Helen.

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  29. Nicely done. Waiting... waining... for hope.

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  30. You've surely captured the feeling! Nicely crafted.

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  31. Excellent take on the prompt, very creative. :-)

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  32. Wow. Very powerful. And the right attitude in such a situation. What else can you do? Unless, of course, you write like this! Thank you.

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  33. Suspenseful. I really like how you convey the idea that your fate lies in the colors under a microscope. It does make things seem sadly insignificant. Which makes for good poetry.

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  34. But will wine help the time go any faster?! Unlikely...

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  35. Excellent, emotive, without being overly so - great balance, great tale-telling.

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  36. A very clever take. Enjoyed it.

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  37. Helen I am so glad that you are not really waiting for biopsy results....you certainly captured the stress of it beautifully in this piece...always love what you write Helen!!!....and love this song! :-)

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  38. ooh.. that sip is relaxing when the tension is overwhelming huh?

    My Magpie Post

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