Monday, June 1, 2020

Mark Anthony Pearce writes


One of the doctors offers me
A digestive biscuit
‘Don’t you eat that!’
Says Bernie
‘It will kill you!’
‘Take two’
Said the doctor
I just take one
Bernie gets from off her chair
And walks towards
One of the elderly female patients
‘Stay away from me evil bitch!’
Says Bernie
I comfort the poor old woman
Who is visibly upset
‘I’m fed up of you swearing at me Bernie!’
Shouts the old lady
‘I give you my cigarettes
And what do I get in return?
You’re always swearing at me!
I’ve had enough!’
Bernie just glares at us
And leaves the room

Ardleigh Ward, 
The Lakes Mental Health Centre, 
Colchester, February 2011

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