Oblivion Can Wait

Male cardinal. Photo by Joshua Cotten from Unsplash
Purple Ruellas. Photo by Cheryl Batavia

Oblivion Can Wait

Wakeful

in the dim light

and stillness of morning,

I lie beside you, listening

to your breathing, holding your hand.

You turn over and sleep.

Warm and drowsy,

I doze.

I dream

you take my hand,

and together we rise

toward peaceful oblivion…

I waken suddenly…Not today!

Today, cardinals sing

their cheery songs

outside.

Today,

the grass is green.

In anticipation

of sunrise, ruellas open,

glowing purple in golden light.

Today belongs to us.

Oblivion

can wait.

Today,

the sun comes up.

I drink my tea and write.

You are sleeping, but when you wake,

we will spend the day together.

Today belongs to us.

Oblivion

can wait.

Purple Ruellas. Photo by Cheryl Batavia

Copyright© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia


We are in a holding pattern at our house. Robert’s cataract surgery has been postponed because of an infection in a root canal. The infection, which didn’t show up in dental x-rays, was finally discovered with a 3-D scan. After the root canal is redone, antibiotics, and no infection for several weeks, cataract surgery can be rescheduled. Thank you for understanding if I am a little erratic on WordPress for a while.

58 Comments

  1. stunning shots Chery, love these flowers! And your poem creates a very warm intimate pic of close companionship!

    no need to apologies, there are no expectations … what a pain teeth and eyes, poor guy

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  2. Robert’s cataract surgery has been postponed because of an infection in a root canal.

    My thoughts go out to you two, Cheryl… I’m sorry to hear of this setback 😦

    Also – I not only enjoyed your poem generally, but specifically, I really enjoyed how your stanzas played off of one another!


    David

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    1. Thank you, Ivor, for your insightful comment. I view each new day as a gift, especially as we grow older. ❤ Here's wishing you health and a long, happy life, giving beautiful poems to the world. I wish the same to Frankie, who doesn't write, but I am sure he is supportive! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Preethes, for the loving good wishes. It is so true that we are lucky that this was discovered before the surgery. I hate complainers, but I also don’t like to be unreliable. Thank you so much for understanding that sometimes I won’t be on WordPress.

      All the best! Have a great week ahead!

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  3. Cheryl, an intense dream-like quality to your poem capturing the transient moment. Wonderful and I love the vibrant photos. The cardinal looks like an extraordinary bird. Good luck to Robert with his tooth treatment and later cataracts. I had a root canal over a year ago and which is still troublesome but not a lot of pain. Did Robert have much pain before the scan? Or was it more niggles? Wishing you both well. X

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    1. Thank you, Annika. I am glad you like the post. ❤

      Robert had the root canal nearly two years ago. It was OK for about two weeks and became painful after that. He had several x-rays at the dentist and orthodontist which didn't show anything wrong. Finally, the orthodontist found the infection using a 3-D scan. The infection in the tooth had also caused a sinus infection. Robert is feeling pretty miserable, and his eyesight is declining rapidly. If we can get this resolved soon, the measurements that were done for the cataract surgery may still be usable.

      The orthodontist will be redoing the root canal on Thursday and follow up in another week. Robert will be on antibiotics. He will have to wait a couple of weeks after the antibiotics are finished to make sure the infection does not return. Then he will be able to reschedule his cataract surgery.

      I don't think your root canal should be causing you pain, and you may want to check it out. The 3-D scan might be worth a try if your dentist can't figure out what is causing you pain. I hope you get your pain issues resolved. We wish you the best! ❤

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      1. Cheryl, poor Robert and it must be horrid not just having the tooth problem and all that entails but also the worsening vision. I feel for him and hope everything works out as planned.

        I had my work carried out by another dentist as most were closed during lockdown last year and been back 14 times within 8 months. The last visit was not pleasant as they yet again refused a 3D scan which was promised and then wanted to brush me off to another very expensive clinic. I’ve been okay -ish but when on antibiotics for another illness found all symptoms cleared up. Just need to get a dentist to listen to me! Mine is very good but unfortunately does not carry out this kind of work. The saga continues …

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    2. Annika, I am so sorry for your dental problems. Maybe you can get your regular dentist to give you a referral to someone who would be willing to do a 3-D scan. That’s how things get done here, anyway. Covid 19 made getting medical care a nightmare here too, especially since we had just moved here in February when the pandemic was beginning. Hope you soon find the care you need! ❤ All the best!

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  4. A beautifully romantic poem. I’m sending healing thoughts and comforting prayers for you and Robert and hope his surgery happens when the time is right. Then he’ll be singing, “I can see clearly now……” I hope to be able to sing that one of these years, too. Peace and blessings to you both.

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  5. A beautiful poem with smooth flow and amazing design. Loved it. But I’m really sorry about Robert. I know how painful is dental treatment. Redoing RTC is much more. Only two days back, I had been there for fixing a cap. My best wishes to both of you. Stay blessed 😊💖

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  6. Cheryl, your wonderful poem touches my heart and soul. On the one hand it is so sad and on the other hand it is so beautiful – full of quiet hope, deep love and trust. Walking hand in hand through life – together through sun, wind and storms is something wonderful.
    I’m sending healing thoughts….💐
    Rosie from Germany

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    1. Thank you, Rosie, for your beautiful comment. Your healing thoughts are very much appreciated! ❤ ❤ ❤ Robert and I met online nearly eight years ago after being alone for a long time. Life is not always easy, but it is very happy.
      Wishing you a wonderful week! ❤

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