Lengthy stays in hospitals can change
your previous perceptions of the real,
for instance, since we’ve returned to the fringe

of Zone 2, I can’t help but quietly feel
that this town has been replaced with another,
alike in each conceivable detail,

but different. We stay indoors and recover
our sense of place by focusing on home,
the trusty rusting bathtaps, old quilt covers,

reconvene a private sphere of warmth.
Good job we had the radiators bled
before the passing of the cruellest month,

May finds my two girls sleeping and well fed.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nii Ayikwei Parkes
    May 04, 2012 @ 15:20:10

    wonderful! you should switch to ccxlvii instead of ccxxxxvii though – it will save you 12 seconds a day 🙂


  2. Niall O'Sullivan
    May 04, 2012 @ 15:38:15

    Won’t take me 12 seconds changing the others though! Thanks for the heads up 🙂


  3. peter litton
    May 07, 2012 @ 21:37:28

    This captures the feeling of…”it’s good to be home.”


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