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Blood Test

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Blood Test

1 p.m., shards of glass-brittle sunshine
struggle weakly through the window;

light like spun glass strikes plastic
as you briskly slot phial upon phial:

two yellow-capped, one mauve, one grey.
Your fingers tense, tightening the tourniquet,

and my skin tingles taut, the strangled vein swelling -
the colour of a washy blue winter sky

bulging to burst its raindrops.
Whitewashed walls reel, woozy with winter's anaemia,

and the radiatorless room is needle-sharp with cold.
I blench as the needle pierces blanched polar pallor

and you coax a scarlet stream from snowdrift skin;
siphoning the hot rubies of my raw life.





for Andrea's SF contest

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 7:42:00 PM
    A stunning hard hitting piece. your talent is amazing. Best wishes Pete.

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 12:17:00 AM
    Wow! This is very powerful, especially the last two lines. Odd, isn't it, that beautiful writing can come from such painful situations. That's what talent's all about though... Jack

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 11:00:00 AM
    hi charlotte, got more? ..looking forward with hugggs,,:)

  1. Date: 11/18/2013 7:49:00 PM
    such a detailed discription.

  1. Date: 11/18/2013 7:02:00 PM
    Thank you Charlotte, for the nice comment on my win, in Andrea's contest.. Congratulations, .. xox~ Linda,

  1. Date: 11/18/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Stunning! Your images leap from the page. Congrats on a well deserved win.

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 11:49:00 PM
    salient imagery well displayed, charlotte.. ypou took this to a different ;evel.. congrats big time on your win!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 7:52:00 PM
    What a unique and exceptional piece of writing. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 7:05:00 PM
    wonderfully terrifying, I am a nurse and I can relate to this as a pt...congrats. Bg

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 6:03:00 PM
    I had a feeling this one might belong to you. Nobody writes more elegantly of blood and hospitals than you do, my dear. This is awesome free verse. Congrats in my contest.

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 10:22:00 AM
    This poem was excellently crafted adducing your great talent my dear friend Charlotte. Kudos here! Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you so much as well for my awesome win in your contest. I'm so glad you liked my entry. Have a wonderful day! love lots and biggest hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 2:19:00 AM
    I feel you as you go through. My sympathy is empathy as you may well have known. We share certain things of course you know. But my ocean is yours I know.

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 5:56:00 PM
    Again........you knock my socks off with your amazing poems......this is no exception. How can this one not land on top?? Wow. ! ps......I'm so grateful that you chose my poem in your contest, Charlotte......as you are one poet who touches me with your own work, so I'm especially honored. Thank you!

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 3:38:00 PM
    The poem is very well written. Proper terminology transmits both, mood and imagery evenly. I hope everything goes well. Charlotte, good luck in the contest. :) G.

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:27:00 PM
    Very descriptive language in this, Charlotte! I like it. Best wishes in the contest. Love, Kim