In hospital

Frankie talks to the nurse
Will I be ok?
You’ll be fine, you didn’t take too many.
That’s all there were.
The nurse laughs,
Frankie shakes his head.
I wasn’t looking forward to the New Year.
Aye? We see it a lot round this time;
you’d be surprised
how many are glad they pulled through.

Frank goes home
with a sheaf of leaflets
websites, telephone numbers
of groups, dates of meeting nights.
If he feels low or symptoms recur,
he should contact his Doctor or
Samaritans.
He piles them under his bed
wanting to forget
the whole episode.

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