July/Aug 2017 KR OnlinePoetry |

Counting My Losses

One by fire,
four at will
(one who’d hang,
one who’d pull

the plug on his
own ventilator,
one who’d hit
the crowded water

just beneath
the Golden Gate,
one who learned
to operate

a shotgun
bought an hour past)
one too slowly,
one too fast,

two from age
(one broken hip,
one too weak
to wake from sleep),

one who’d slip
(a cliff-side path),
one surgery’s
botched aftermath,

one who wept,
one who prayed
one heart, alas,
ineptly made

one who moved
a single thumb,
(ALS
her conundrum:

brain intact
while body withers),
cancer of course
for all the others.

Jacqueline Osherow
Jacqueline Osherow's most recent book is Ultimatum from Paradise (LSU Press, 2014). She is currently working on My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple. Osherow has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA and the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.
Jacqueline Osherow
Jacqueline Osherow's most recent book is Ultimatum from Paradise (LSU Press, 2014). She is currently working on My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple. Osherow has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA and the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.