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 Operation Buccharest

Back in June 2017, I shared Broken Bone in Bucuresti, written around 18 months after my accident in Bucharest. Today I’d like to share Operation Bucharest which began its life while I was being operated on, awake, as I had a spinal anaesthetic. I’d be interested in comments regarding the difference between the two poems.

Flick of a cold flannel,
rough on bare flesh.
Red-lipped mannequin
spears a straight blade,
moves low to swing.

I’m dressed in my T-shirt,
a disposable nappy.
Where’s the scrubbed skin,
traditional robe, mop hat,
normal routine?

Hauled onto a trolley,
along dazed corridors
where patients wait in chairs.

Wheeled into a lift,
parked beside rubbish,
nearby a cleaner
puffs
pungent smoke rings.

Steered into a museum,
a pillion hangs down,
circled by retro lights.
Green gowns heave me up,
settle me on the saddle,
strap my feet into sandals.
I’m suspended in space.

Step by step, cover by cover,
a sheet draped, a frame
to hide my legs and feet.
Headlights sweep closer,
alien voices prattle,
mobile phones bleep.

Scissors prick my chest.

I am the table –

I am
–the operation.

 

EDITOR: Please see Patricia's Broken Bone in Bucuresti here.

Meet The Author...
Patricia M Osborne
Who Am I?

Patricia M Osborne is 62, married and mother to three children and grandmother to four with another on the way end of August.

She was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child but now lives in West Sussex.

Apart from poetry, Patricia writes novels and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies and her debut novel was released in March, 2017.

Patricia is Poet in Residence at a local Victorian park. She’s also studying for an MA in Creative Writing with University of Brighton.

Her debut novel House of Grace, a family saga set in the 1950’s/60’s, is available on Kindle or in paperback from Amazon.

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