HOSPITAL. 1971

BLUE LEFT EYE.

There were bright lights
from the ceiling
once it got
dark outside

 

and when big Ted
brought in
the sandwiches
for tea or supper

 

or whatever
they called it
I sat next to Christine
on one

 

of the double sofas
and she looked
at the plates
of sandwiches

 

that were laid
on the table
and said
usual boring stuff

 

I’m not eating
I’d rather starve
big Ted said
O come on

 

young lady
we've got
to get you well again
and out of this ward

 

he offered her
a ham sandwich
real ham
he said

 

not that tin stuff
she looked at him
don't fancy meat
she said

 

he took up
a cheese sandwich
Cheddar
he said

 

good stuff
I’ve tasted it
downstairs
in the kitchen

 

I could eat a horse
I said
taking the cheese sandwich
no horse sandwiches today

 

Ted said smiling
Christine gazed at me
then at the plate
of sandwiches

 

it's an effort to eat
she said
I should be coming home
from my honeymoon now

 

if the fuck hadn't left me
at the altar
done my head in
Ted raised his eyebrows

 

is there anything
I can get you other
than sandwiches?
they've got

 

sausage rolls downstairs
all dressed
in my wedding dress
with flowers

 

and waiting
and he doesn't show
I take a ham sandwich
his loss

 

I said
he must be missing a screw
not to wed you
she gazed at me

 

then took
a cheese sandwich
and ate
Ted frowned

 

and walked off
to get the teapot
and coffee pots
and cups

 

from the trolley
you'll find someone
I said
don't think

 

I want anyone now
think I'll become a nun
or missionary
in some far off land

 

sexless and taking care
of others
she sat eating
in silence for a moment

 

or two
not sure
I could go long
without sex

 

come to think of it
she took a ham sandwich
with one hand
and placed a hand

 

on my thigh
with that dull light
in her green blue
left eye.

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