My cataract surgery

While being wheeled to surgery
I thought of her as she rolled to hers—
the ceiling tiles sliding dizzily overhead
(no real voices, just whispers instead)—
and all the while that demon
screaming silently in her head.
With no me there to hold her hand.
So I wept.

My surgeon, misunderstanding me, was sweet.
Leaning in, she said, Don’t worry, it’ll be ok.
If only, I thought.
If only.

The good news is that my cataract surgeries are now complete and very successful. My surgeon, besides being very kind, is incredibly good at her job.

Thank you for reading My cataract surgery. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.

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6 responses to “My cataract surgery

  1. Kathleen Johnson

    John, I always enjoy reading your posts. I don’t often tell you because I have nothing profound to say but I just wanted you to know.

    • Kathleen, that is an incredibly sweet and kind thing to say. Thank you so much. It means—especially for this particular post
      and at this particular time—the world to me!

  2. I hope you continue to heal and recovery. Moving poem.

    • Cindy, thank you very much! Recovery from such a loss is hard. I have our memories, our family, and our Faith, but yes it is a long, hard road. Again, thank you!

  3. “So I wept…” a very moving piece, John.

    Glad to hear your eye surgery went well.