Why Not Medical School

Today’s poem was inspired by Robert Lee Brewer’s prompt at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-day-16 .

 

WHY I NEVER WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

 

“Ug, this is gross,” I say,

as my fingers glide over the slimy innards.

In eighth grade science class,

we’re dissecting frogs, some of us willingly,

others like me disgusted. “Here’s his stomach,”

my partner says, handing it to me.

Does my stomach look like this, I wonder,

as I hold the oblong object.

It feels squishy–Was it empty?

If not, what did the frog eat before dying?

“Here, hold this part while I cut it,”

Says my partner. I can’t see–

she places my hand where she wants it.

By this time, I’ve had about enough.

My own stomach threatens to divulge its contents.

Without bothering to ask for permission,

I rush from the room, hope never to return.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/why%20never%20medical%20school.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

Order That’s Life from Finishing Line Press.

 

Order That’s Life from Amazon.

 

Vote for my new book idea.

For You, Now That You’re Gone

Today’s poem was inspired by Robert Lee Brewer’s prompt at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-day-21 . Click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it.

 

FOR YOU, NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE

 

I’m a writer who carries out a lone existence,

as I did ten years ago before we were married.

I no longer struggle to find writing time

in a 40-hour work week. I wake up,

write, eat breakfast, write some more,

work out at the YMCA or take a walk,

eat lunch, write some more,

end the day with Dr. Pepper, e-mail,

and Facebook, eat dinner, read the newspaper

and snail mail, recline with a good book,

go to bed, think of you, wish you were here.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/for%20you.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

Order That’s Life from Finishing Line Press.

 

Order That’s Life from Amazon.

 

Vote for my new book idea.