Poem: Kendall Merriam

The Heart and Two Wings

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 7:45am

For Kathleen Harper, MD

She considers every angle

every beat

topped by lovely curly silver hair

over ridiculous pink sneakers

she changed my meds

for the better

trying to avoid a cutting

but if she says I need

to pace myself

I will

trusting her will and knowledge


I do not know

how to write about her fully

 knowing nothing of her life

outside the Hospital 

but that is enough

she sees so many

she works nights and Saturdays

she calls Phyllis, my wife

regularly so she won’t worry

a boon of words

for us both

hardly separated  almost sixty years

a week ago I wanted to kill myself

now I want to live forever

writing poems, writing plays

writing from my heart

which Dr. Harper keeps beating


Kendall Merriam, Togus V. A. Hospital, room 328-2 March 11, 2021 10:07 AM

Listening to my neighbor on the phone.