Prostate

Prostate

Pictures and models.
1 Prostate: normal size and shape.
2 Prostate enlarged.
3 Prostate enormously enlarged.
4 Prostate lumpy, malformed,
          cancerous, and me prostrate.

Lumpy and treacherous:
a gross shape growing
its grossness within me.
Gross, but mine and a vital
part of my living body.

A mad world this, twisted
time and fairground mirrors
distorting everything, and me
grossed out by the mechanical
clockwork, tick-tock, snip-snap,
removing samples for some
lab to examine and test.

“Give them back!”
I want to scream.
I guess I’ll get them back
on Judgement Day,
when the body resurrects
and I am whole again,
warts, cancer, and all.

Meanwhile, the biopsy’s done.
I get up from the bed
and the nurse hands me a towel
so I won’t drown my sorrows
in my body blood, a crimson
tide, ample, thick, flowing red.

Comment: After a couple of phone calls, some e-mails, and some messages on Facebook, I realize that some of my friends are actually following this blog and reading it. Thank you for the care and attention you have shown me by writing or calling to inquire about my health. All is well. I visited my urologist yesterday for a regular check-up and sat there a little longer than usual, waiting. Never one to waste time, I studied the things in the office and discovered a model prostate over which I could run my fingers (I didn’t!). It showed the four stages of prostate enlargement and cancer development as outlined above. I had no paper with me, so I jotted down four poems on the back of the paper bag in which I carried the injection I would later receive. This poem was one of them. The reference to Judgement Day and the recovery of body parts comes from one of Quevedo’s Suen~os, El suen~o del infierno, I believe. Anyway, my apologies, if I have worried you. I am fine, thank you. However, as Quevedo also wrote, “The day I was born I took my first step on the road to death”. Alas, I too am one of Dylan Thomas’s ‘poor creatures, born to die,’ as are we all. If not now, when? Not too soon, I hope. Blessings and thanks to all who read this. Take care and stay healthy.

8 thoughts on “Prostate

  1. I am so very glad that I got behind in my reading! I was able to read the good news of your health with what appeared to be quite awful! I hope the ‘feel good’ mode embraces you for a long time to come.

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    • Hey, Louise! It’s a funny old world, but things aren’t going too bad. Pierre is doing well. He sends his love. Meanwhile, Teddy, Rose, and Blanche rule to roost. Miss you. Hope we meet again soon, when the nightmare is over. Lots of love, Roger.

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      • Do give my love to Pierre. I know he enjoys having friends like Teddy, Rose, and Blanche. I also have it on good authority that he thinks the world of you.
        It seems like we’ve been stuck in this other dimension for an unbearable amount of time.:)
        Missing you and the lilt of your Welsh crooning. Wishing you steady improvement until we meet again.
        Love and virtual hugs, Louise.

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