who cares…?

The phone rings
it’s him
he’s worried
she didn’t come home from the concert last night
it’s not like her
but it’s becoming like her.
She drinks
we know that now
and this time
she’s driven
gotten lost and disappeared.
There’s no messages
no calls or texts
her phone rings out
so we all think the worst.
Her work rings
where is she?
we don’t know
they’re worried
they file a missing persons report
and the Police take the details
her car rego, her name, her last seen location
and now the process begins
she’s a statistic
a number, a missing person.
We wait
buried in phone calls from worried people
we wait
sending information back and forward
like a spiders web
closing in on us.
We wait
hours later
the Police ring
they’ve found her
she’s 2 hours from the city
her tyre is punctured
and she’s slept in the car
all night
and all the next day
with two more bottles of wine
for company
and a ringing phone.
She laid down under the gum trees
on a soft bed of leaves
in a soft haze of booze
and took a day out of life
unannounced, unconsidered, uncontrolled
and in the same instant
robbed a day out of ours.
The Police rang
she’s in the hospital
dehydrated and incoherent
with a .206 reading
can you come and get her
we’re worried she’ll walk out the door
and try to drive home?
she’s not making any sense.

None of this is making any sense…
so we drive the 4 hour round trip
to collect her
fix her tyre
drive her car home
and we take her home
to her distraught boys
and her comfy bed
and her hidden stash
and she’s safe now
safe from the world
but not safe from herself.
We can’t save those
who wont help themselves…

© wildwomenlove poetry

who cares…?

wildwomenlove

ADELAIDE, Australia

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We can’t save those
who wont help themselves…

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