Demolition of the hospital
When you knock out the inside of a building
The Children’s Ward was down the road
a new kind of juice containing lime, a packet of gingernuts,
Like a little sovereign I took visits at the bedside
Have you ever been blind?
I remembered Helen Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan,
She kept a running commentary
Finally they took us in.
Two days later I could see again. It was Easter.
There will always be a sticky spot on that eyeball.
In half an hour the cell has been replaced, the eye is perfect
Kate Camp is the author of two collections of poetry from Victoria University Press: Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars (1998) and Realia (2001). ‘Demolition of the Hospital’ is from her new collection Beauty Sleep to be published this year. Kate is also an editor and essayist, and the voice of Kate’s Klassics, discussions on classic literature on New Zealand’s National Radio.
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