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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013


Patricia Prime
Te Atatu South, Auckland, New Zealand

Facing the Facts

blue caps
everywhere I look

When I finally become aware of those around me, I hear someone crying who is really in pain. Approaching from the side, a nurse comes to remove tubes, drains and dressings. I recognize the tangle my life is about to become—not realizing it will be five months before I’ll be able to use my hand again. My mouth forms sounds but not words as I try to express my desire for water. My arm moves of its own volition and I’m unable to control it. I’m caught between pain and its expression. I once thought of these scenes as hospital drama seen on television but now they have become reality.

smiling surgeon
comes to admire
his handiwork



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