1967 VISIT.

Sunny day
that hospital
visiting day
she outside


in a chair
smoking a cigarette
I sat  in a chair
next to her


let me out
she said
wanted to meet you


in London
but the docs
put their spoke
in the wheel


and the parents
are none too happy
about it


they have
to visit me
rather than I
go to them


I said nothing
let her speak on
get it out
of her system


she had this
dressing gown on
her hair tied back
in an untidy bun


bright red slippers
on her feet
if I didn't have
these cigarettes


I’d go completely
over the wall
with the other
fruit cakes in here


she said
they said
you were here
at the hall


I said
I went there first
Warwick said
you were here


bought you these
and I gave her
a pack of smokes
and a small box


of chocolates
she took the gifts
with her free hand
and placed them


beside her
on the grass
God you are good
to me


if we were in the City
I’d repay you
she said
no need


I said
given out of love
not lust
she smiled


guess so

she said
they keep
that small cupboard


locked now
she said
after that time
we had it off


in there
she said
I looked back


the hospital ward
a few yards away
too small anyway
I said


she inhaled slow
on the cigarette
her eyes half closing
due to the smoke


do you really get
that church
banging thing?


she asked
the essence yes
I said
not necessarily


the trappings
she stared at me
her free hand
in her lap


the other holding
the cigarette
to one side
I suppose people


need to believe
in this darn circus
of a world


she said
guess so
I said
she looked down


towards the road
some fifty yards away
where traffic
moved slowly by


and as she moved
she crossed her legs
a glimpse of thigh
caught my weary eye.

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