the old man and the parakeet, by Gabrielle Bryden

the old man and the parakeet
by Gabrielle Bryden

the parakeet squawks dis-ease
the owner is rusty and the cage old
the door is full and the bowl is open
the newspaper is stale and seed corrupt
the wings are cracked and the beak is clipped

the old man moans his shrinking world
the parakeet is mouldy and the house is deaf
the door is empty and the plate is closed
the phone is loud and the parakeet mute
the pain is not working and the drugs flare

itโ€™s time said the parakeet to the old man

Gabrielle Bryden is an Australian poet published in a range of anthologies; print and online journals; and on Local and National ABC Radio. She has been published in Australia, the USA and the UK. In 1999 she won first prize in the Rippleโ€™s Magazine poetry competition.
Blogs at https://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/

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