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The Trolley Song
AC (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

The Trolley Song

Poem By Alison Cassidy

I saw them at the supermarket
moving slowly together

She was small and softly grey
in her wheelchair
(more like a pram really)
arm in a sling
eyes dull
and faintly hostile

He was neatly dressed
and stooped
carefully maneuvering the trolley
and the wheelchair
inspecting the shelves
for the items
neatly printed
in large letters
on the list

He consulted his companion
about every choice -
smiling and nodding
for her approval.

He received none.

I felt a surge of compassion
for this gentle man
and his once-upon-a-time bride.

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Though I know the overwhelming feeling / overall effect lies in the last four lines, as ever with your writing, Allie, you always seem to pick out something else, sharply observed, which often is at odds with the general picture (let's face it - we are all contradictions - so there are inevitably things there for seasoned observers!) ... and for me in this there was the beginning of the typical 'cute little old lady picture' until the 'dull and faintly hostile' line which then catches up with the reader again at: 'He received none', at which point the nature of her situation (and his) is 100% clear to the reader without further description.. You have a knack of balancing poems neatly on a disconcerting phrase... makes it intriguing for the reader. I tried something a little similar in 'Brief Blindspot', though I am not sure it worked nearly so well. I'll stop rambling now! Tony
A mini drama filled with insight and compassion.
Time, life and fortune bring all the good stuff to a close eventually, and yet love can survive so much and in tragedy produce such a terrific shining example. Another brilliant Alison Cassidy snapshot of some of the best that humankind is capable of in the worst imaginable situation. This is invaluable work and an import record of events. Allie. x jim
In your gallery of compassion, you have placed many word portraits of unforgettable people.This one is uniquely memorable. Love, Sandra
Beautifully expressed pathos by one who genuinely cares...
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