Evolving Emotions: Joy-Poetry

Six Twenty-Five


Hospital chatter comprised of hushed whispers

A cacophony of voices

And low sighs


Six twenty-two


A cart’s wheels squeaking through the halls

Maddening in its movement

Never ceasing


Six twenty-three


Machines whirring on the hour

The PA system’s jargon tumbles into the void

The clock ticks methodically


Six twenty-four


A girl watches

She smiles where shy lay

Extended by

Wires and cords

An IV drains her


But the creases beneath her eyes

The folded lines circling her mouth

Refuse to quit

She smiles triumphantly

Whether it is old wisdom written in her genes

Or young innocence that drives her face


Is unimportant

She smiles despite it all


Her body decays

With fatigue that makes the bones melt

Pain that drives pleading

She smiles


It’s unnatural

And odd

A peculiar display

In such a place

The human will

Falls apart

And yet finds contentment


Her pale eyes gaze at blank white walls

Her ears absorb the speech in the halls


She looks inward

To starry sky camping trips

And family movie nights

To swimming pool laps with rounds of Marco Pollo

The times when things were beautiful


Her parents will be here soon

Her brother and sister too


She smiles at the thought of six twenty-five

Almost to the parking lot

And through the revolving doors


They will be here

Beside her

To reminisce and laugh

About what once was

And could still be


Despite it all,

She smiles

Bright and bold

Because things have been beautiful

And will again

At six twenty-five




Erin Knape is a University of Michigan senior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing. Her greatest passion has always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Capturing Campus, a weekly installment of poetry and photography, aims to capture campus life through artistic expression. Dive into Capturing Campus every Sunday!

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2 Comments on "Evolving Emotions: Joy-Poetry"

Wendi Knape
1 year 10 months ago

Really cool start to the year!