Close to Parkinson’s: Hurting

MUSIC: DAVID SANGSTER

Our closest have lives,

To live and enjoy,

Delayed redundancy

In our sick bed-employ:

Carers, co-sufferers,

Career un-chosen,

Tend disconnected,

The mumblers, and frozen.

Altered, unfair,

Re-written contracts;

No wedded-bliss,

When ill cannot act.

Wives, husbands,

Family, relatives old,

Air-brushed awareness,

As PD takes hold:

My prop, my chained-helper,

Engaged, far too cheap:

Her offset disbursement,

Too tired to weep.

When care is passed on,

With my atheist-prayer,

I ask her forgiveness,

For our contract, unfair.