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The Other Side Of Yesterday
by pat medlin

Saturday, January 07, 2012
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my brother, iron mike

 

Legs the color of brackish water

from a fouled and silent stream

both useless as a day without the promise of night,

yet there...

visible reminders of yesterday

and hope for...hope for what?

Someday?


Eyes closed, yet solidly balanced

on the wall divideing consciousness from

the silent dark....

he waited.


Legs uncovered and smeared with

the garish orange color of liquid fire...

he glimpsed toes strangely bare of

this insulting wash, before floating

somewhere above the screeching

grinding sounds of metal cutting into bone...

sounds that battled with beautiful crescendos

of Radetsky's March

for space in his lonely consciousness.


Eyes too heavy with unknowns to open,

he clutched the victorious strains of Strauss

as unfamiliar hands lifted the crisp white sheet...

      'we are here to check the stumps'


The hint of a smile softened his ashen face

as he rode the waves of the waltz

to the other side of yesterday.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Jeanne Ripley 1/13/2014
I read a bit of your profile & admired your sitting on the wharf next to the sailboat with a glass of wine as company. Loved your poem "The Other Side of Yesterday ... many great images.

Jeanne Ripley
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/21/2013
wel penned
enjoyed reading
Love & Peace

William
Reviewed by Michael True 7/21/2013
This piece is a symphony in and of itself. Each passage building until the final tympani and cymbal crescendo! I immediately thought about the survivors of Civil War amputations, thinking that that was the only time of such horrific surgeries. But you remind us, these operations happen every day. Amazing write! M.True
Reviewed by Edward Phillips 8/14/2012
Chilling in its imagery, stunning in its impact, magnificent in its poetry. I was moved to another place by your masterful use of language.
Ed
Reviewed by John Domino 7/14/2012
This is hard for me to imagine. My mother in-law had leg cut off. She said that many times she wanted to scratch the bottom of her missing foot. I can't imagine that but she had strong faith in The Lord and she did fine. Amen
Reviewed by Duke LaRance 7/7/2012
This is like a punch to the gut. It grabs attention immediately and builds and builds with every word...until..."to the other side of yesterday"...This is one of the better pieces that I have read in quite a while....
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/7/2012
wow this gave me goose bumps
I visited a morgue once to see if I could identify
a male person I knew who was missing...
and you took me here with this beautifully prosed offering
Thank You for sharing your beautiful gift...Vickie
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 5/5/2012
As a nurse, I know this scene all too well. A sad wake up when we walk away in our minds, without our legs. Beautifully written with clear imaging presented in each line.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 4/24/2012
Beautiful pathos wonderfully written
Reviewed by Connie Faust 4/22/2012
So much simpler to drift back into the music that carries him to the past than to fully waken and face the now. Melodrama at its best, Pat!

Connie
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/19/2012
Powerful, ripping words. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by James Munro 3/24/2012
This is really something. The sort of thing we all feel we ought to write, at least occasionally, but shy away from. Bravo! Oh, and I love the title, and the way it (and the last line) link the tragic now with the past which has become just a memory.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/27/2012
As chilling a rendition of an amputation as I could have thought of. A former supervisor of mine, not necessarily a friend, died recently after spending seven months in the hospital having first his foot cut off at the ankle, and then his legs cut off.

To have it done in battle with no anesthesia and little to curb infection must've been horrendous.

Thanks for shocking me to life this afternoon.

Ron
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 1/22/2012
Oh my god. This is frightening. My grandmother had both of her legs amputated (twice, they had to go back and take more) from diabetes. I have always been afraid of getting it. Swore if I ever did, I would immediately get a stomach bypass operation.

Your poem scared the hell out of me! Excellent work!

Sara
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 1/17/2012
a day without the promise of night.....every word of this is moving and heartbreaking. this needs to be read a few times,it doesn't stop revealing.......this is excellent. ~ Morgan
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 1/14/2012
whoaa...I was not prepared for this... the heaviness at the onset is weighty ballast indeed for this tumultuous ending... were I to be thus 'weighted down' with the burden of so great, and so painful a loss (which you so deliberately and deftly evoke, I might add) Wagner's Valkyries might make their sonorous way through my angst-ridden mind, but the irony of your musical choice is ultimately much more potent than my more melodramatic choice. You have done an excellent job of bringing a highly charged subject into high poetic relief. Bravo, pat!
Reviewed by Richard King 1/9/2012
Pat, this is a masterful write. I, like several others, believed it to be about a fallen soldier, but yea or nay to that affects not the poignancy of it.

Really well done. Dick
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/9/2012
You have done some mighty heavy lifting here Pat! Emotional, powerful, with a hint of reconciling fate. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/9/2012
This touched my heart very deeply...so many brave soldiers have suffered tragedies such as the one you so wonderfully emoted! Beautiful poetry, Pat!

Anna
Reviewed by Janna Hill 1/7/2012
Pat, you have out done yourself. I am too moved to say more.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 1/7/2012
A 'SOLDIER'...IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, HAVING PAID THE 'PRICE' WITH LIMBS...RECEIVES GOD GIVEN STRENGTH FROM THE STRANDS...THE MELODIES SUMMONED...FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF YESTERDAY. A STUNNING WORK...JARRING AND TIMELY. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS KEEPER. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/7/2012
Beautiful Pat! Such wonderful motion in this ~
Blessings,
Chris
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/7/2012
Not knowing what the title would entale.. splendid verses to
reality of "The Other Side of Yesterday" ~ Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Kevin Dunn (Reader) 1/7/2012
Beautiful and powerful words. What a wonderful tribute.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 1/7/2012
Heavy duty poetry here, Pat, absolutely heavy duty. I am stunned by it, mesmerized by it and have read it three times. I shall save it for further reads.
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 1/7/2012
The title grabbed me and said, "read me" and I'm sure glad I did. I bow to your talent Pat.
Reviewed by D. Vaineo 1/7/2012
A soldier in the throes of war and the consequences...
Great poetry, Pat!

Always,
Deborah



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