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First Aid in the Botanic Gardens by Alan Gay

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Title: First Aid in the Botanic Gardens
Author: Alan Gay
Number: 25/100
Allocated postcode: EH3

First Aid in the Botanic Gardens

Empty lager cans explained
the unconscious man in the Tropical Plant House.
He had wriggled under the leaves of monstera deliciosa;
feet at ten-to-two making handles to drag him out.

His breathing was shallow
so I placed him in the recovery position
and continued my tour of the Far East .

The snow in Inverleith Row said why
he had chosen a tropical climate to sleep-it-off;
the hum of humidifier and drip-drip on leaves
carrying him to Bali,
dreaming under an umbrella.

It seemed quite logical that he might choose
not to come back; bizarre
that I might need to apply CPR.

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