Life’s Precious and Endless Seconds

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Under stereo tactic biopsy
in September
with a large needle boring
into my flesh, I surrendered
to God’s mercy and asked
for the precious moment
when it should end.

Under the first surgery
in November
with the dosage of anaesthesia
watered into my mouth and throat,
I asked the question when
I would be able to sleep
and wake up.

On the second surgery
in December
with more mammography screening
and the Frank needle’s marking
on my flesh,
plus second dosage of anaesthesia,
I asked for the precious seconds
when it should halt.

On the endless interviews
in January
and under the scanner
to mark my body, made ready for
radiation, I asked when
I would be taken out from the machine
and from the flashes of lights.

On receiving the schedule for
radiation from January to the end
of February, I asked the question
for the precious moment
when the whole treatment
would be over.

January 7, 2011

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