(Accompanying painting by Sohi Mistry)
I hesitate at the doorway to your side-room, . your scan report hangs at my side, leaden with fate's shame. The cleaner bustles around your bed 'Hope this weather keeps up for weekend' you say, nodding towards the sun streaming in over your drab NHS sheets. Shifting rays bounce off the fluorescent green cover of the bumper puzzle book you've set aside to chat. Were you always this friendly before you were diagnosed? Are word searches how you'd spend these last few days if you knew? I lean in the doorway, don't close the door, pull up a chair, or ask when your wife will next be in. Instead I ask about those new painkillers we started you on this morning which you're glad have finally kicked in. 'The results of that scan aren't back yet' my words flimsy as the paper that I fold with unshaking hands and retreat until Monday, leave you basking in the evening glow.
The painting accompanying this poem was done by Sohi Mistry a member of the JGIM Web Editorial Team.
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