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Commitment

 

White hair

frames a face riddled

with effort.

 

The blue sea

of her hospital gown

 

spattered with egg

and oatmeal

archipelagos.

 

Her mind’s a boat

listing badly.

 

It’s 1964

(it’s not).

 

I’m her husband

(I’m not)

 

come

to take her home again

(never again).

 

She’s lived

in that house for more

than a lifetime, she says. Planted

all the roses.

 

I consign her

to the sea.

 

–  Art Nahill

Art is a general physician at Auckland Hospital who emigrated to NZ from the U.S. ten years ago with his kiwi wife and two boys and now enjoys rugby, cricket, and watching American politics from afar.