Notes from a telephone call following my sister’s husband’s admission to an aged-care dementia facility

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didn’t let him see her

looks well — settled in well

not seeing her — not agitated

only communicating with staff he likes

doesn’t like other residents therefore few activities

some men’s activities

looked well

eating, not depressed


busy marking this week

Rohan Buettel lives in Canberra, Australia. His haiku have appeared in various Australian and international journals (including Frogpond, Cattails and The Heron’s Nest). His longer poetry recently appears in The Goodlife Review, Rappahannock Review, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Mortal Magazine, Passengers Journal, Reed Magazine, Meniscus and Quadrant.

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