Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 5, Number 1, March 2011

Sonam Chhoki
Thimphu, Bhutan


Bad leg and other things

Late October. I am being discharged from the orthopaedic clinic.

In the narrow passage-like room, the young registrar in pink shirt with gelled hair examines my x-ray. He reels off details to the nurse and my spouse, who has driven me to the clinic. I ask him about "weight bearing." He grabs my crutches, ignoring files stacked on the computer desk and the waste bin wedged between my wheelchair and the medicine trolley.

"Heel of your bad leg to crutch and good leg forward," he repeats like a chant as he hobbles up and down.

Files totter, crash, the bin frees itself from behind the wheelchair. With a loud clatter, it spins across the floor. The nurse rolls her eyes and moves to clean up. He rushes off to the next patient.

late night radio—
side by side two spiders
walking the ceiling







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