Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Haiku for New Knee

by Dee Schaefer, Becketwood Member

View from my window in St. Joseph Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota, of Assumption Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the date of my total right knee replacement

Romanesque towers
shimmer in afternoon sun
touching bright blue sky.

Diaphanous clouds
filter golden, sunset splashes,
transforming limestone.

Silver full-moon face
paints my hospital room white—
colorless canvas.

At Episcopal Homes, St. Paul, Minnesota, July, 2018

Fluffy white mums join
potted lilac hydrangeas—
table-top garden.

Visitors appear
bearing fruit and dark chocolate—
tantalizing gifts.

Slipping into sleep
nourishes healing dreamscapes.
Nightmares disappear.

Jagged pain persists,
bone-on-bone’s acerbic scream.
Opioids respond.

Brick facades face
flower-filled garden courtyards—
havens for healers.

Outside my window
oak trees stand majestically—
sturdy sentinels.

Call buttons summon
help from around the planet—
multi-ethnic aides.

“Good morning” whisper
dancing shadows on my sheets—
Nature’s gentle nudge.

Potpourri of pills,
swallowed with expectation,
strengthen my body.

Right knee replacement:
saw, hammer, nails and cement—
a new, mobile home.

Mother duck plus nine,
quacking and waddling quickly,
invade my small space.

Back at Becketwood

Spencer came to call,
an eighty-one year old bear,
witness to changes.

Surgeon’s signature,
zipper on my new right knee—
witness to the knife.

Feeling dependent,
hands grasp metal walker arms—
human substitute.

Flex, stretch, bend, extend.
Muscles obeying commands
protest exercise.


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  • Deb Rodmyre July 25, 2018, 2:09 pm

    Thank you, Dee! You make joint replacement sound beautiful! 🙂

  • Barbara White July 25, 2018, 10:56 pm

    For me, the Becketwood Haiku is the one I can relate to the most, but I love them all.
    “Call buttons summon help from around the planet” is a wonderful way to express the diversity of rehab caregivers.

  • Rosemary Rawson July 26, 2018, 9:25 pm

    I love your haiku. I hope it works as a healing agent (or at least a distraction) for your discomfort. My favorite line: “a new mobile home.”


  • Ora Cipolla July 30, 2018, 3:33 pm

    Fantastic but very sorry to hear that you had to go through the surgery. Each one is a delight and will be saved and enjoyed.

  • Ann E August 7, 2018, 12:08 pm

    So beautiful! Your gift of poetry has helped you heal! I am going to share with my co-workers!