A lovely poem and absolutely gorgeous Christmas song from my dear friend Jane, enjoy….
A soiled trouser leg
is tucked up beneath him, held down
by the weight of his ravaged body,
reminding me that I am one of the lucky ones
who have more than the average
quantity of legs.
His right foot
sits askew on the wheelchair’s footrest.
I straighten my back, as if to make up
for his crooked limb.
A paper bag
rests crumpled on his lap.
I think of fragrant Indian takeaways,
and of the free accompaniments my family receives
when we order a meal for all of us.
He grabs the bag with the eagerness of
a child on Christmas morning,
sliding down the banisters to join his parents
who grin beside a glittering tree,
eager to see his eyes lit by the thrilling surprise of a new bike
tied around with a wide blue ribbon.
He unscrews a cap and tips the bag
towards his cracked lips.
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