Treasure Island

Margaret Alice

(The Crystal Age / Pretoria - South Africa)

Very Best

Learnt orthopaedic surgeons are mechanics who
hammer in steel pens, leaving wound care to nurses
and lesser beings, Annelise, an old school friend, a
nurse who does house calls, came and doctored the
wounds, ripped off the hard fabricated shoe so we
could tend to Carine’s left leg

Declared the wounds beautiful, no infection, Carine
teaching others her philosophy of accepting Nico’s
death, house ringing with voices, ceaseless activity,
Carine needs help to the bathroom, something to eat,
cream applied, I wash dishes in between, Nici and
Tiaan share their views of me

Their serial killer mother out to get them, Tiaan says
I drive like a maniac, throws his bleeding body in the
street, rejoicing as he expires, Nici says I am a terror
who appropriated her boots without asking, Carine
my staunch supporter who refutes their lies, the sun
shining, Estelle visiting, two babies

Jannie talking to Martin, all warmth and beauty, her
boss Koenraad, Leanka and Caylin wearing a crystal
necklace - I am so blessed, the mother of children
who chose to live, thanking her guardian angels,
Carine’s biological mother, Leonie; her grandma,
Nico who always insisted on -

- The very best for Carine


Submitted: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011

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