Title: Sick Room

Author: Johanna Emeney

In: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 40: 2012

Sick Room

page 111

Sick Room

The air is too thick in here.
There are too many blankets and pillows
propping you up, wedging your legs.
‘I may be here tomorrow,’ you say.

It makes me think of all the little waxeyes
I tried to save from cats when I was a girl,
how I’d place them in warm shoeboxes overnight,
only for them to die by morning,
shocked by a surfeit of comfort.