Clive Culverhouse

Gold Star - 31,445 Points (England)

Another Day At The Office

Poem by Clive Culverhouse

White Ted looked flat;
that hair and pyjama bed smell.
She was getting heavier

My bleary eyes trying not to sleep.
Bone protruded from flesh,
blooded the seat and gearstick;

leaning in best I could
to cannulate, set up drip by torchlight
as Firefighters started cutting.

She smiled and tightened her grip;
I kissed her forehead
still feeling the bitter cold.

Fluorescent coat bulkily hindering
as cracking metal sheered;
dressing the open bloody carnage.

Suddenly toast popped up,
"Have a good day at school" I said,
fighting my tiredness.

The mangled wreck still lingered
as I put my daughter down,
heading for bed, another shift tonight.

Topic(s) of this poem: home, job, stress, work

Poet's Notes about The Poem


Another Day At The Office by Clive Culverhouse

This poem made the Long List of The Plough Prize for Poetry 2017 and reflects my time as an NHS Ambulance Paramedic.
When work and home collide - vividly - and it is difficult to switch off.


Comments about Another Day At The Office by Clive Culverhouse

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/28/2019 3:48:00 AM)

    acute power of love-
    Have a good day at school I said,
    fighting my tiredness./// lovely poem(Report)Reply

    Clive CulverhouseClive Culverhouse(1/28/2019 4:33:00 AM)

    thanks for supporting with your words., .

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  • John Beaton (9/16/2018 11:01:00 PM)

    Tough job, Clive. Your poem vividly expresses how work-place tragedy spills over into family life, especially under the pressure of night-shifts. Concisely constructed.(Report)Reply

    Clive Culverhouse(9/17/2018 2:44:00 AM)

    Thanks for commenting, John

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  • Akhtar Jawad (5/10/2018 11:52:00 PM)

    A nice reflection, loved its simplicity and style.(Report)Reply

    Clive CulverhouseClive Culverhouse(5/11/2018 2:28:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment Akhtar :)

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (5/1/2018 5:58:00 AM)

    Seems so true. It is the end of the shift and one feels tired to enjoy with family and friends. Enjoyed.10+++(Report)Reply

    Clive CulverhouseClive Culverhouse(5/1/2018 6:46:00 AM)

    Thanks for commenting Anil, appreciated..

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  • Lodigiana PoetessLodigiana Poetess (4/16/2018 8:40:00 AM)

    A tough job for anyone to do! must be difficult to just put to one side at the end of a shift..well written with appropriate imagery and good storytelling! .....10 Lodigiana(Report)Reply

    Clive CulverhouseClive Culverhouse(4/16/2018 10:37:00 AM)

    Thankyou, your comment is very much appreciated :)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2018

Poem Edited: Friday, April 24, 2020