Hospital View

Lux, Thomas

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Coulehan, Jack
  • Date of entry: Oct-17-1996


The narrator lies in a hospital room, across the hall from the entrance to the Intensive Care Unit. He imagines what goes on beyond that door--"beep-machines, a blur / of women and men in white frocks." He wishes that he had a better, less frightening view of the world. Staring at the door, however, he sends his wish to the Intensive Care patients "that your lives be again and again / limned by dawn."


A short (23 line) poem that suggests the awe, terror and compassion evoked by Intensive Care Units. A couple of fine images here: "two bad ghost pears, the lungs . . . " and "flax fields / parted like the haircuts of children."

Primary Source

Half Promised Land


Houghton Mifflin

Place Published

New York