Posted in Unexpected

Second Opinion

Much of life’s significance
has already been encountered – in rehearsal
exchanging vows
leaders debates
career interviews.
Practise prepares and desensitises.

No one is rehearsed for this.
severe injuries
Critical Care.

electronic green
and beeping
soft and urgent
even extra time victory.

I asked the nurse
she said it was a question for the doctor
I tell her I’m middle aged
and have known disappointment
that it is my sister.
She turns away and then back
“ it’s not good.”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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