Poem #2,710 | I did my maths

Mike Bell/ July 20, 2023/ www.mikebellpoems.com

I did my maths after we spoke
inside Waterstone’s –
years for her –
Levodopa took
after seven =
eleven+ years of
poisoning by side affects –
not give in

her husband well
enough to push her ‘round –
envy that staying power in all
encounters with still-couples
as I walk –
inconvenienced –
do well
[all resolves doubled
by circumstance & multiplied
by stubbornness] –
She spoke
with this condition’s murmur
[but enough to still be heard]

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