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VRL Thonger

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I'll write a poem every day, might be tiny but it'll be complete.


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We feel four bone spurs rearing up

along his spine beside the vertical scar

like button mushrooms or air roots

about to pierce the skin and take a breath

due to be carved off next week, a simple

procedure nothing dramatic compared

with the original disaster, a fall at home

then unconsciousness thinking

to sleep it off and next morning

couldn't move let alone stand

began to realise this might be

serious or even the end: three years later

he stands steady for us to inspect

what it meant when he said, 'I broke my neck.'

Day 86 Sonnet for a lucky tetraplegic


It took him all day to crawl to the phone.