by Kathryn Eberly


For weeks

they are discussing

medical probate and

conservatorship to

the pleasantly disheveled

man with numerous wrinkled papers

which are always spread out on

the yellow hospital blanket

in his room as he in turn explains

stocks and bonds and barrel charts

and his trips to the bohemian grove

and other worldly adventures.

The whole time all day

every day he worries

about his fate and his freedom.

Doctors, nurses and social workers

are all about a locked ward and


And so it’s a surprise to him

when abruptly he is

discharged to a hotel

in the Tenderloin.

Kathryn Eberly is a poet and former eligibility worker in San Francisco. After living in the Bay Area for many years she is now a transplant to Bangor Maine.

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