Saturday 7 July 2018

The C Word

Lisa Williams


She just dropped it into conversation. You know, just chatting really but the air sucked from the room down the phone.
In her hospital gown she looked like a sparrow, trapped in a building she didn't belong in. We hoped she'd be home for Christmas but didn't dare ask.
The ward was cacophonic. I tried to console but struggled to hear or think. How anyone could get better in that chaos I couldn't comprehend.
In fact none of them did, they lived their last amid that commotion.
Except her.
She was the only one that heard that C word. 

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