Title: The wallet

Author: Diana Bridge

In: Sport 28: Autumn 2002

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 2002, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 28: Autumn 2002

Diana Bridge — The wallet

page 143

Diana Bridge

The wallet

He is alive. And some structure
of hope insists that he keep on living

just as he is—in the middle of his life-web.
But there, nestled like a cat among clothes

I have taken to wash, is his old brown wallet.
Nudged to a near white at the edges,

it gives up nothing but a few coins.
I don't look. I am his sister.

Though I stand for the moment
in some instinctive temporary relation—

half parent—to him and an old wallet
bled of its red cells.