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Saturday, March 19, 2005


by Don Kingfisher Campbell


walked through
Heaven's Gate
surprised to find
a blank book
open on a table.

He thumbed a page,
bent over to look
at glowing words:
century baby.

They flew through
his eyes and he
found himself in
a dark place,
warm and wet.

Suddenly, a metal
stick appeared
over his head and
scraped his chest
through his brain.

Dead again, but
aware he realized
his wheelchair dream:
to be of use once
more to society.

His stem cells were planted
in a diabetic woman
who was grateful
she didn't have to
lose a leg after all.

Don Kingfisher Campbell is the editor of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, founder of Poetry People youth writing workshops, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets adult writing workshop, and host of Monday Night Poetry in Pasadena, California. His poetry is currently available in the anthologies Open Windows, River Walk Journal, Dirt, Cosmic Brownies, Three Chord Poems, Midnight Mind, So Luminous The Wildflowers, and One Drop To Be The Color Black; and is also viewable in the online journals MindFire Renewed, Hiss Quarterly, Lunarosity, Edifice Wrecked, Poetic Diversity, Writer's Hood, and Poetic Voices. He has published one collection of his poetry "Enter: Selected Poems 1999-2001" on iUniverse Press. You may contact him at