Day 2 A-Z Blog Challenge – B


Broken Bone in Bucuresti 

This is another poem of mine and tells the tale of when I broke my  hip back in 2014 on the stairs of a Romanian underground while on a course with Brighton University as part of my MA in Creative Writing. Broken Bone in Bucaresti was written about eighteen months later when I tried to make light of my accident. It was first published in Writing Magazine and later on OAPSchat website.




Broken Bone in Bucuresti

Racing to catch
a Nicolae Grigorescu,
Metro train, I stumble
down a stair:

I hear the snap—

throbs screech in my groin,
my voice is alien.

Heads fold around me,
I turn
to avoid their stare,
my eyes clench. I throw up.

Someone presses my wrist,
someone else holds my hand.

Jabbering in code,
little green men
ease me onto a stretcher,

elevate me, feet first,
towards cold blue sky—

fists scrunch,
heart skips double-unders—


The bone cutter


Six days lost in a strange land:
frail attempts at iPad translation
cue howls of laughter.

I hobble flamingo style,
sticks at my side, into a mad-driver’s bubble
on an endless terror ride.

On board the plane at last,
I reclaim my breath—

Feast on a cheese roll and white wine—
Let the healing begin.



4 thoughts on “Day 2 A-Z Blog Challenge – B

  1. Anita April 2, 2018 / 9:49 am

    First off, ouch! That is really graphic but good. Love how you have turned it around at the end to a more light hearted style. Beautiful poem Patricia.

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  2. Patricia M Osborne April 2, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Thank you, Anita. Later in the challenge you will see the poem that I started in my head while having my operation. They are quite different.


  3. maureencullenwriter April 2, 2018 / 11:58 am

    The bone cutter is very real. Ouch! Simple fare gives relief at the end. A poem that offers hope.
    Thank youxx


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