Daily Archives: Sunday, 23 February 2014

FFF 23: Medical

“So, we’re doing this sterilization thing?” the patient asked.

The doctor looked at her sympathetically. “Hon, we don’t call it ‘sterilization’ here; it sounds so”—she scrunched up her nose in distaste—“medical.”

“It is a procedure.” It wasn’t a question. The doctor nodded anyway. “And it’s performed by a doctor.” Another nod. “In a hospital.” More nodding.

The patient jerked back a little, forcing the doctor to acknowledge her frustration. “Then how is it not medical?”

“Ah, well,” the doctor began, pulling on a pair of white latex gloves, “we see some people who find it scary to think about it as surgery that’s so permanent—”

“But it is permanent, right?”

“Yes, it is.”

“And they don’t want that?”

“It’s more complicated than you’re making it sound, hon,” the doctor said, sitting back on her rolling stool while the patient hopped up onto the high table.

“I guess so,” the patient agreed, though she sounded far from convinced.

“Are you ready?” the doctor asked.

“Yes, let’s get this overwith.”

“And you’re sure you don’t want to reconsider?”

“I’ve been considering for ten years. Get on with it.”

The doctor leaned forward again. “All right. Take a deep breath; this will sting.”

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This post is part of Flash Fiction February.

Psalms of Sonorous

Psalms of Sonorous coverPsalms of Sonorous
By Nancy G. Wright
WestBow Press
26 November 2013

sonorous: adj. (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full. also: capable of producing a deep or ringing sound; using imposing language (in text or speech); having a pleasing sound

Psalms of Sonorous is comprised of almost 120 poorly written poems that all glorify the god of Abraham. Many of the poems have promise, but promise alone does not a good poem necessarily make. Most are written in the narrative style with an ABAB-, ABCB-, or AABB-type rhyme scheme. It’s clear from the sheer quantity of poems in this collection that Nancy G. Wright, the poet, loves God, and it seems as though she took a cue from the Book of Psalms or Song of Songs.

A difference between this collection and Psalms, however, is that all of these poems are praising God for his goodness and righteousness; while Psalms has plenty of poems similar in theme, there are also those that call out to him in despair or anger. Likewise, a difference between Song of Songs and Wright’s poetry is that Psalms of Sonorous fails to include anything titillating; none of the poems left me with a sense of awe, identification with the poet, or so much as any desire to continue reading.

Poetry is already difficult for the average reader to access; I wouldn’t recommend wasting time on bad poetry. For Christian poetry with zing, I’d (re)read Mary Karr’s Sinners Welcome.

DISCLAIMER: I received Psalms of Sonorous free from WestBow Press for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.