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23 May 2013

A Visit to the Podiatrist

‘I know your face,’ she says.
I recall those times in her waiting room,

And helping him afterwards
manoeuvre the wheely-walker
down the steep steps.

‘You used to treat my husband,’
I tell her. Pause.
‘My late husband.’

‘Ah,’ she says. ‘When did he…?
I lost my father
just a few months ago.’

She means to indicate
she knows what it’s like.
I doubt that.

As for fixing my crooked toe —
too complicated, too expensive;
I’ve left it much too late.

Poetic Asides Wednesday prompt #220: a late poem

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