Some thoughts on Sarah Broom’s ‘Ward 64’

Mike Finn's Fiction

I was supposed to be reading today. Something to take my mind off things. A new book by a favourite author, taking me to a post-apocalyptic world where a struggle rages between those who see knowledge as valuable and seek to preserve it and those who see knowledge as dangerous and seek to destroy it

It worked for a while, which is a tribute to the book, but my mind kept turning to darker things. 100,000 dead from COVID 19. All those people in our hospitals: medical staff trying their best and hoping not to get ill and die. and people in COVID’s grip, hoping the staff can keep them breathing.

They’re hard images to rid myself of. So I thought I’d give myself some time properly to imagine what’s happening.

I found a poem the New Zealand poet, Sarah Broom. It’s one that doctors in Scotland are given as…

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