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‘Good morning. Let me open the curtains for you. It’s a gorgeous day outside. Look at that light, isn’t it beautiful?’

‘…’

‘Did you sleep well?’

‘No.’

‘Are you feeling all right today? I mean do you feel better than yesterday?’

‘No.’

‘Are you wanting for something just now?’

‘Yes’

‘Are you hungry or thirsty?’

‘No.’

‘Are you uncomfortable?’

‘No.’

‘Are the nurses being naughty?’

‘… No.’

‘0h well, shame for you - I know how you like your naughty nurses! 0k, what else... Is there something that you want me to change in
the room?’

‘Yes.’

‘Right then… do you want me to turn on the television?’

‘No.’

‘The radio?’

‘No.’

‘Is is the heating?’

‘No.’

‘Something to do with the bed?’

‘No’

‘Hmm, you’ve got me stumped, my man. Now what could it be? The windows?’

‘Yes.’

‘You want me to open them?’

‘No.’

‘Is it the curtains?’

‘Yes.’

‘Shall I open them a little wider?’

‘No.’

‘0h. You want them shut then, do you?

‘Yes.’

‘Well, your wish is my command. 0k well if the curtains are shut, then I suppose you must be wanting the tele on.’

‘No.’

‘The radio?’

‘No.’

‘Would you like me to read to you?’

‘Yes.’

‘Well if I’m going to read to you, I’m going to need a little light, silly. Shall I open the curtains again?’

‘No.’

‘Do you want me to turn the light on instead?’

‘Yes.’

‘0k, so what are we going to be reading today, the newspaper?’

‘No.’

‘Ah, there’s a novel by the bed. Was Julian reading this to you yesterday? Do you want me to read it? I mean just, do you want me to
read it to you?’

‘No.’

‘Something from the bookcase?’

‘Yes.’

‘Factual?’

‘No.’

‘Fictional?’

‘Yes.’

‘A novel?’

‘No.’

‘Ah, so we’re in the mood for a bit of poetry then, eh?’

‘Yes.’

‘Right, what’ve we got? There’s a few of them here. You always were more of a literary type than me. Can you see the books on the
shelves from where you are?’

‘No.’

‘So I’ll just read out names then. 0r letters from the alphabet, should we try it alphabetically?’

‘Yes.’

‘0k, so we’ll do it by surname. The first letter of the poet’s surname.’

‘A.’

‘…’

‘B.’

‘…’

‘C.’

‘…’

‘D.’

‘Yes.’

‘Was that a blink? It’s a D?’

‘Yes.’

‘0h that’s not so hard. Julian put all the books in order, bless him. You’ve only got a few to choose from in the D’s. Douglas?’

‘No.’

‘Doolittle?’

‘No.’

‘Donne?’

‘No.’

‘I didn’t think so. It’s a little to early in the morning for Donne isn’t it?’

‘Yes.’

‘I suppose that leaves Dickinson.’

‘Yes.’

‘Is there something in particular that you want me to read?’

‘Yes.’

‘Ah, someone's left a bookmark at one of the pages. Do you want me to read this one? 0r should I go through the alphabet to find it? Sorry, too many questions. Do you want me to just read this one?’

‘Yes.’

‘0k, here we are...

There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be
Compared with that profounder site
That polar privacy
A soul admitted to itself --
Finite infinity.

... 'That's a strange one for Julian to have marked for you.'

'No.'

Did you, did you mark the page yourself?'

'Yes.'

'I see. Would you like me to read another one?’

‘No.’

‘0h please. Here, let me get you a tissue. Now, is there something else you would like me to do?’

‘Yes.’

‘To fetch something?’

‘No.’

‘To read you something else?’

‘No.’

‘Hmm. This is a tough one. Any clues? I suppose not. But you want me to do something for you?’

‘Yes.’

‘Is it something in here?’

‘No.’

‘Is it something I have to leave the room for?’

‘Yes.’

‘Do you want me to talk to some one for you?’

‘No.’

‘To bring something? Are you sure you don’t need me to fetch something?’

‘No.’

‘But you want me to leave the room.’

‘Yes.’

‘Just that?’

‘Yes.’

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Wtf?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    MrG wrote: »
    Wtf?

    my thoughts exactly...
    Xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    MrG wrote: »
    Wtf?

    It's a very clever piece of dialog, using only the words 'yes' and 'no' shes made a picture of an obviously mute male patient who likes poetry and is frustrated with his nonexistance and inability to communicate with people, again using only the words 'yes' and 'no' from his perspective.

    all in all, very clever Talia :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I quite liked it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks :) It's a guy with motor neuron disease who can only communicate by blinking. My uncle died of that this week.
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