Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Hospital Visitation

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Hospital Visitation

Article excerpt

We went there, Thérèse and I, in the summer heat-Hariri's hospital-on the

other side of the great stadium from the charged Airport Road.

We brought biscuits in a merry tin for Noha, mother-in-law's sister, a sweet taste

for one who lies drenched in pain of old bones and stones in tender places.

Her moans match a daughter's cell phone conversation, she who waits over her

nodding mother, Noha's unconscious neighbour.

The window lets in a bright breeze as our patient talks from the pillow. The

other sleeps with whiskered face shaking, a foot uncovered.

The day advances. The ward lightens in the evening. A trolley rattles at the

door; hospital fare is placed on waiting tables.

Thérèse blows on steamy soup, spoons it into our patient's mouth, spaghetti in

tin foil and small boxed salad. These give apparent satisfaction. …

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