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The Waiting Room

By Margaret Galvin

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room Details:

Published: September 2005
ISBN:       0-9546487-7-3

Sample piece from The Waiting Room

Death in Hyde

Winnie Arrowsmith's potato skins were still in the sink,
the Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie tin rinsed
and upended on the draining board
beside an opened tin of cat rood
when a neighbour found her, glasses askew,
a blue tinge around her lips,
her sleeves rolled up for an injection.
Lizzie Mellor who worked all her life
cleaning the cigarette factory died remembering
the stall near the bus station that used to sell hot Oxo
as the doctor rifled her purse,
soaped a ring from her finger.
They are recalled as feisty old women,
the Dots, the mables, the Elsies who preserved
their love letters in biscuit tins,
worked in chip shops, threw darts in The Red Lion.

They are remembered as spirited, independent sorts,
the old girls of hyde scandalously disinterred,
an arc of light eerie around their plots
as mechanical diggers clawed into the clay
and men with spades exhumed the decomposing dead,
the undertaker numbly identifying
the sodden woodiness of each coffin

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