The nurse draws the stiff white sheet
over the face
as the doctor clips her pen to the clipboard.
“A classic case” she says.
“The damage was
over many years.”
“A hardening of the oughteries
led to reduced circulation of
spontaneity and laughter
around the body.
This allowed a build up of
in the internal organs with pooling of
stress and anxiety
at the extremities.”
“There was also evidence of crushing to the vertebrae;
the last straw,
having never been reached.”
“The irony is”, said the doctor
“that she had the medication in her pocket.
But the lid was adult-proof
and the child inside her, that might have opened it,
had long since gone away.”
Rachel Parkinson. Whitby. May 2009