Waking from Anesthesia

Waking from anesthesia is
a calendar page gone missing
so your birthday never comes,
a sleepwalk to Grandma’s house,

a calendar page gone missing
while goblins carry off the little girl,
a sleepwalk to Grandma’s house,
a skipping stone sinking

while goblins carry off the little girl.
“It is time to wake up,” the nurse says.
A skipping stone sinking,
you struggle toward the surface.

“It is time to wake up,” the nurse says.
Her voice is so far away;
you struggle toward the surface
into the blurry light.

Her voice is so far away,
so your birthday never comes
into the blurry light
waking from anesthesia is.

 
 Joan Wiese Johannes

Joan Wiese Johannes

Joan Wiese Johannes has been widely published in journals and anthologies, and has four chapbooks, including He Thought the Periodic Table Was a Portrait of God from Finishing Line Press. Her most recent publication is a crown of sonnets, Happily Ever After, whimsically illustrated by her poet/artist husband Jeffrey.