3 May: The Video Call

AI digital art, woman sitting at dining table, illuminated by tea lights.

The Video Call

It sounds like there’s a string quartet
in her living room, but she says it’s the radio.

Her table is lit with tea lights, candles that
twinkle, they wink at you, probably scented

like spruce or pine or something herbal
called Howling Horse. She says she’s unwell.

We’ve known each other our whole lives.
Our mothers were sisters. But I’ve only

truly known her in the last decade or so.
We write poetry. Our secrets are in them,

and we know our secrets are safe there
because nobody reads poetry.

And then she says the doctor diagnosed
a large meningioma brain tumour,

and I feel my world pulling away
from the approach of brutal grief.

AI Digital Artwork is created using Midjourney. Imagery and poems ©Misky 2023 Shared on Twitter #amwriting @midjourney

13 responses to “3 May: The Video Call”

  1. Life can be brutal
    Grief is brutal

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    1. Yes, it is, Ivor.

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  2. As poetry, this piece of yours is at it should be…
    As a mirror of real life events, again your words are as they should be.
    Hope it is the former…but if it is not, any words of mine (or anyone’s) do not matter…for this is the time we all dread…and still we stand by each other’s side…it’s still…life.

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    1. Thanks, Nick. Although much of what I write tumbles off real life, this one is real life.

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  3. Oh, Misky. My heart weeps for you all.


    1. I’ve sort of pulled myself back into my shoes, and I’m trying not to overwork this in my brain. We’ll all know more in a few weeks when they operate. Oddly, another cousin (on my mum’s side) just had the same operation. His was benign, thankfully, but he has a horrific incision that goes from ear to the other, up and over his head.

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      1. The battle scars of life; that one sounds particularly nasty. Most men, I think, aren’t terribly concerned about scars, though. Thankfully, his tumor was benign. I was reading that 85-90% of meningioma brain tumors are categorized as benign. Praying this is the case for your cousin.

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        1. I hope so, too.


  4. I”m so sorry, Misky. <3<3<3

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I need to keep my head balanced about this, and wait for the outcome. ❤️

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  5. She needs you now more than ever. Medical science has progressed so far these past few years. All is not lost. If words could heal, this reply would be a book. Support is everything, so be there for her, and I know those who care for you will be there for you. Roland

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    1. Thank you, Roland. I think I knew that but I think I needed to hear from someone else also.

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  6. Beautifully written, yet so sad.

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