by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 3:45pm

Long ago & far away

I was housed in a place

I did not want to be

I did not want to be

& so I was stationed

in an artificial unit

of nurses, doctors & cafeteria food

for weeks at a time

yet I have no memory of what day

or year, I got out

it doesn’t really matter

that I cannot recall

the end of that terrible time —

all that matters now

is that I am happy

& I DO want to live —

My Life is full

in This Glorious Place