Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Emergency (October)

It’s all Emergency. An Aboriginal asleep on three seats, waits for his friend. A ceiling TV yells incessant floor cleaning solutions and evangelical church. A receptionist fixes on October and your date of birth. A bottle machine switches into life every twenty minutes. An addict in the corridor shouts a groan of pain or pleasure. A mother with her asthmatic child embodies patience. A youth with a gashed chin is fast-tracked. But nothing is happening. There is stillness where people have admitted to pain. This could go on for hours. A nurse is there for the next blood pressure test.

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