As I may have mentioned a year or so ago, I have been on a long journey toward dental implants that will eventually alleviate me of this #$%^& denture I've been wearing for five years. Actually, it won't be long now.
However, I thought my 8AM appointment yesterday was to check again on the progress of the titanium posts to bond with the bone but alas, it was more, forcing me to cancel a dinner appointment I had been looking forward to.
Instead, since the posts were done cooking, I spent 90 minutes having my entire upper gum cut open to reveal the posts in preparation for finishing the job.
That leaves me here at home, as I write this on Tuesday, with anesthetic wearing off in a swollen, sore mouth, tired from the surgery and in no mood to write a blog post. An unexpected development but a good one – I will soon be able to taste food as it should be again.
So to give you something to chew on (sorry about that) requiring no effort on my part, here a prose poem sent by TGB reader Tom Delmore, himself a poet.When I Turned a Hundred is by Mark Strand from his “Collected Poems” published in 2014. It first appeared online at Writers Almanac.
I wanted to go on an immense journey, to travel night and day into
the unknown until, forgetting my old self, I came into possession
of a new self, one that I might have missed on my previous travels.
But the first step was beyond me. I lay in bed, unable to move,
pondering, as one does at my age, the ways of melancholy - how it
seeps into the spirit, how it disincarnates the will, how it banishes
the senses to the chill of twilight, how even the best and worst
intentions wither in its keep. I kept staring at the ceiling, then suddenly
felt a blast of cold air, and I was gone.
Born on Prince Edward Island (1934), Mark Strand‘s family moved around and lived in Latin America for much of his adolescence. The former poet laureate and Nobel Prize winner went to Yale to study painting, but while there developed an obsession for poetry.
I'll see you back here on Friday. Don't miss it - it's an important day.