Saturday, May 29, 2021

Benched by Ben Rasnic

Change can happen
quicker than Colorado climate,
how a simple procedure
can render you powerless,
disabled, a mere invalid.

The storm has passed
and now you are faced
with the devastation
left behind in its wake—

extended hospital stays,
struggling for breath, self
worth, a meaningful

watching the world
spin out of control
on the nightly news,
saturated with details
of yet another

mass shooting
as you sit
on the sidelines
awaiting a new heart.

Ben Rasnic currently resides in Bowie, Maryland. Author of four published collections (three available from, Ben's poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

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