Friday, August 13, 2010

Function

One major function just stopped working
it was rusty
the thread was stripped
it dripped, dripped, dripped
the ordor the mess
the problem needed to be solved

One just couldn't live with it
she took a lot of pills
A lot of alcohol
it was just less painful that way
she died


Two could live with it
A rubber hose was inserted
life was made easier
it was just less painful that way
she lived

Option one or Option two
problem solved

15 comments:

Helen said...

These are the most intense options one will ever have to choose ....

Martin H. said...

A sad poem but, you've neatly captured one of the extreme dilemmas that can come with the aging process.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Very intense poem, Kristen, powerful words.

jinksy said...

Life is all bout choices and options for everybody...

Stafford Ray said...

Again you seem to be following the theme, suggesting that support at that time is crucial. Being alone then is unbearable. There should be a third option!

Thanks for the visit. And... I have decided to stop commenting on comments on my blog. Of course I love comments, and feel so blessed when they arrive, but replying takes time I would rather spend reading other people's work. XX

willow said...

Interesting how different people deal with the problems of aging. Thought provoking piece.

Claudia said...

...i think i would go for the rubber hose...

CM said...

I've seen different people make each choice...sometimes we will never understand why someone wouldn't continue to fight.

Brigid said...

Thought provoking poem and you captured it so well.

Friko said...

Oh dear, neither option seems ideal.
But if I must choose, I choose life.

kathew said...

oh my...we really dont know what we will do til we are there....

Kristen Haskell said...

Thanks for all of your comments. I just recently had to make the choice at 43 years of age to go with living under terms that are less then ideal. However, someone close to me choose to die. I decided to use the Magpie to help me cope with all the feelings so if at times it seems that my writing is a little dark this is the reason for it.

Brian Miller said...

i hope she picks the one that brings her the most joy...and for those around her...an interesting conundrum to choose between. nice mag!

Tumblewords: said...

Startling and provocative!

Tina said...

I like this, you packed a lot into this poem. Nicely done with your carefully chosen words. Sorry to hear of the loss of a friend. I hope letting some of the emotion out through your writing will help with the healing.