Eighty-eight spends much of life in bed, Interred beyond her time in drugs and
pain. Grateful only for the gift of sleep, Having lost the will to laugh or
weep, The shrunken doll repeats just one
refrain, Yearning for the comforts of the
Even so, the trail of pills has led Into a world she grapples with in
vain, Grasping for a grace she cannot keep, Harsh and vivid hauntings of the
brain That make of life a stew of joy and
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon. Free for personal or non-commercial use.
Music: Sonata in G Minor -- Introduzione: Largo; Ist Movement:
Allegro. By Muzio Clementi. Performed by Nathan Eckel at the
Free Music Archive under a Public Domain license.