things they don’t describe too well (at all)

unpleasant content warning


they don’t really tell you
that you’ll make a dead man vomit
they just say

keep the airway clear

they don’t tell you that
the kiss of life is a test
of resolution over disgust

they don’t describe the change
in his temperature
from warm to cool
to colder

and they don’t describe the sound
of the gurgling
every time you give a breath
every time you pump his heart
every time you expect that he might cough
and start to wake up

and they don’t describe the moment
when your doubt becomes conviction
but you keep on pushing
and you keep on breathing
and you keep on doing it anyhow

just the way they told you

there’s surely a lot that they don’t tell you
and you have to hold on to the hope
that there’ll be someone close enough
to tell you
when you can stop


© Frank Prem, 2011

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9 thoughts on “things they don’t describe too well (at all)

  1. …the unpleasantness of giving life that is hopefully received…
    Thankfully, I’ve never had to do this on a live and needy subject.
    Your poem prepares me for the worst of the best.
    Thanks, Frank!
    Elouise

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