Blue Lace Socks

Bryner, Jeanne

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Coulehan, Jack
  • Date of entry: Oct-18-1999


A nurse works at the bed of a child who is an accident victim: "She is not yet dead." Even though they are about to transport the child by helicopter, there is no question that she will die. The poet brings the reader into the immediacy of the moment in which she is listening to "the whisper of her blood pressure" and the "Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump." of the helicopter's blades. There is no way, though, to reach the child: " . . . I want to put / my arms around her, / tell her we are all terribly sorry for this . . . . "


The awareness of futility, an attempt to bridge the gap, the pain of impotence. All we have are "blue lace socks," a few artifacts of life, to remind us of the possibilities of growth and love.

Primary Source



Kent State Univ. Press

Place Published

Kent, Ohio