Her GP told her, it’s important
to start looking for special accommodation
for when the time comes.
Parkinsons makes her slow slow with many
tasks but her reply swept swiftly off her tongue,
Do you mean a coffin?
About this poem
Ruth Arnison is a part time Administrator at Knox College – a residential hall affiliated to the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her poems have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and e-zines in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and US. She is the editor of Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ).
This poem is one of the editors’ highlighted selection of poems from an open call for readers’ proposals for the second edition of Tools of the Trade: Poems for new doctors.