A Double Whirl – With Esther


girls didn’t leave home until the wedding in those days,
still,  Esther was bound for the city
watching the darkness gather outside the window,
her body relaxing as the train sped along,
the droning of the wheels lulling her,
she grasped the last bit of light ringing the horizon,
plucking an invisible flow of memories
streaming across her awareness, one by one,
she made a list – a gutsy plan,
not at all her usual routine.
 she saw it as her only way out,
 wondering, would her father see it her way ?

****

 when she entered the hospital
walking under the old fashioned door frame,
Esther felt safe,
  courting bravery until it became second nature,
her only wages were the tricks she gleaned
and the support she sought while she learned her art,
never mind failure, she threw all-night parties cramming
chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology
and all those other ‘ologies into her mind
and her heart,
 bitten by this  virus,
and smitten by a
 strange desire to comfort.
much later, she wrapped herself in white
and fell in with a band of Nightingales.

****

©Wabi Sabi 2014

More Esther poems here and here

Sunday Whirl – # 147, #148

Poets United – Pantry

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Barbara Kaufmann

My blog -a poetic and photographic look at the world. Simple, imperfect, transient, present.

22 thoughts on “A Double Whirl – With Esther”

  1. Wow! How powerfully you tell this story as she takes a career in heeling and lives to sing about it! At least that is how I read the nightingales. A story of courage and hope. Thank you!

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  2. “she grasped the last bit of light ringing the horizon,
    plucking an invisible flow of memories
    streaming across her awareness, one by one,”… we drawn on the courage and strength we need… beautiful poem.

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