Touch: The Journal of Healing


        LAST WALTZ

                by Colin Ward

        Nothing new among the old.

        There was no music,

        no blue shirt tuxedo.

        Only his breath

           was borrowed.

        He was a switchboard now

        of monitor wires, a feeding

        tube, respirator

           and IV vines.

        Over the rattle

        of tooth and bone

        she heard the crazy

        hoarse whisperer say:

           "It was a nice dance."

© 2009 Colin Ward

Colin Ward currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his R.N. wife, Denise, and their corgi, Cora.  His work has been anthologized in "Talus and Scree" and has appeared online in such venues as "Beside the white chickens," "Autumn Sky Poetry," and "Prairie Poetry."


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