Dave: cartwheeled with his motorbike
Into seven weeks intensive care
And remembers his coma dream
Of a closed coffin, on the glass lid
Clay fists staccato hammering while
He’s inside, a silent scream.
Barry: writes nothing at first,
Refuses the pen of disability,
Instead goes back twenty years
To light welling on a marble floor
In Italy: his once upon a time
And only childhood holiday.
Harry: wheels over for a look,
Loudly remembers his girl who
“Just fucked off but,” into the
Shuffling silence, “that’s women
For you – only one thing that they’re
After!” our laughter pours gratefully.
Derek: a playground where howling
Kids yell crucify the cripple and him
Arms laced through bars hanging
On a roundabout that spun faster
Faster until hear feel see remembers
Puking as I staggered home but
Never told our mam cos she’d not
Let me go out again would have
Been worse do you see?
Kevin Patrick McCann
Illustration Nick Victor