At first, a horror film thrill at the razor wire that garlanded the hospital. Sat in the waiting room holding her breath beside the other out patients who were unexploded bombs liable to go off ‘BANG’. Scrabbled in her bag for a book as defence against the man in rumpled clothes who tossed random phrases at her like a lonely kid trying to entice someone to play ball with him. Looked up eagerly each time a consultant or therapist greeted their clients with the impeccable manners of maitre D’s over looking the foibles of the very wealthy. But after several appointments, she and her therapist remark upon the weather whilst navigating the hospital’s computer game of locked doors and forbidden levels. In the coffee bar watches with animal indifference the in patient waitress slowly calculate her change as if it is foreign currency. Eats sandwiches in the grounds where squirrels caper and occasional screams issue from acute wards indigenous as the cry of sea gulls by the coast.
-- Fiona Sinclair’s work has been published in numerous reputable publications. Her second collection is due out at the end of this year by Indigo Dreams Press. She is the editor of the online poetry magazine Message in a Bottle.