Published in mgv_88 Swan Song today.

 

mgv2_88 | swan song| 04_17

Departure Implicit

by Bruce Dodson

 

 

Loretta lives across the street

has cancer

both of us are long of tooth

it happens

but at least I don’t have cancer . . . yet

all of us carry the malicious cells within

waiting for weakness

less immune than yesterday

but she’s a tough old bird

from North Dakota

and offended doctors by refusing treatment costing thousands

hair loss

nausea.

Takes pills for pain

brain tumor headaches

while she waits.

“I’m ready to go,” she says.

Worked thirty years

same job

same place

small office manager/receptionist

eleven months ago she finally gave it up.

Sometimes I think

retirement has killed more of us than cancer.

 

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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4 Responses to Published in mgv_88 Swan Song today.

  1. “Sometimes I think retirement has killed more of us than cancer.” How true. I lecture once a month at three retirement centers. I can testify to that truth.

  2. Great poem… I’m with Loretta all the way… why prolong the inevitable, especially when the prolonging is so painful and miserable !!!!

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