Two Dreams of Leukemia

Stone, John

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Woodcock, John
  • Date of entry: Aug-23-2001


The doctor-speaker wonders about a recently diagnosed male leukemia patient: what will Mr. Claridge, who used to think of himself as a ladies' man, dream of now, after the diagnosis? In the final image the doctor-speaker imagines the sleep of his secretary, to whom Mr. Claridge had given a bottle of Nuit d'Amour perfume," her arms crossed like a nun's" and surrounded by the flowery scent of the perfume.


As he does in Lines While Waiting (see this database), in this poem Stone addresses the ironic poignancy of the normal detachment of humans from one another, reminding us in a gentler way here that it may be natural for us not to be able to meet all the needs of the injured or dying.

Primary Source

In All This Rain


Louisiana Univ. Press

Place Published

Baton Rouge