Charge Nurse

By | 31 October 2012

depth-charge migraine
aftershock bouncing side to side in brain-pan
Pola knows this is no ordinary lie-down
I hear her clip up the passage
into the room
stop beside me
to lick my fingers
where they dangle
from under the covers

she trips softly away
returning every five minutes
to perform the same ceremony

I’m cheered, beneath the pain
and touched. How have I earned
this devotion?

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