Man and Woman Go through the Cancer Ward
- Coulehan, Jack
- Date of entry: Oct-25-1996
A man and woman walk through a cancer ward in which the man points out, "Here in this row are wombs that have decayed . . ." In other rows are "breasts" and "this great mass of fat . . . . " He instructs his companion to feel "rosary of small soft knots" on one woman's chest. The patients are dying. There is little to be done. "Here the grave rises up about each bed." Yet, "sap prepares to flow. Earth calls."
First published: 1912
Prose, Essays, Poems (The German Library: Vol. 73)