Antarctica was full of pranks
Invariably juvenile : unsurprising –
the base often wore the costume of a fraternity house
or boarding school dormitory.
Disclaimer: I walked right into it –
vegetarian sandwiches labelled for the flight home
should never have been left unattended.
jalapeno juice – lift bread, pour over
hot – very hot – inedible
the flight long and slow – strong winds
11 hours, plus three since chow
hungry, very hungry.
Still, some satisfaction
the perpetrator never got to see my frustration.
A decade later
another time, another place
a private hospital : the perpetrator’s father a patient
open and shut the surgeon called it, only prayer.
8.30 a.m. Christmas morning
as he cannot go to them, they have come to him
10 or 12 siblings, nephews and nieces
the charge nurse asks
can you do Christmas lunch for them?
She understands if I can’t – lack of notice etc
there are only four working
it will be a long, very long, day.
“Sure.” I say.