cracked-pepper clinic

Psychiatry 5: Hostel Life – Poem 69


she says it with a sing-song inflection at the end


an insistent entry into my consciousness

I’m driving back from wangaratta
where we have attended the fracture clinic
two weeks ago she fell down some stairs
and received a tiny crack in one toe

the receptionist beckons to me after registration

do you know what she told me her name was
she said it was autumn
autumn summer

we agreed that autumn summer
would be quite a nice name at that
and smiled knowingly at each other

now here
on the drive back to the hostel
she has been watching me closely for twenty kilometers



when we get back
can you do something
on your computer

what is it you want me to do

could you fix up the pepper in my head


what does the pepper do inside your head

you know

she says

it goes round and round
and stops me from reading and from writing

will you get on the computer and fix it

well of course I will

as soon as we get back
to the hostel

© Frank Prem, 2016

Next – looking forward to a homecoming



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