Poetry

Heart operation, redux

By Jacqueline Jackson

in 2007 I had a pacemaker put in I wrote this poem which is okay to repeat for I couldn't get to our lake season 2019, due to covid: "what this summer I am denied is what I love best about being here naked in the still dawn the water welcoming my gliding breaststroke through the shade of the wooded hill behind me till far out I come into the sunlight on the water its rays first on my hands a moment almost sacred in its pleasure the warmth on my hair my skin velvet as a newborn my body supple as an eel as I dip and surface – my heart when it heals will another summer allow this joy a time will come though when swims will cease instead of pause – if heaven is what we each make it then mine will be swimming to meet the sunlight in the dawn"

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