Post-weekend Poetry 035: Hospital bed by Dave Lewis

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-fifth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition Dave Lewis.

Hospital bed

and he is strangely

without a change of clothes
or suitcase

on holiday with
a drip for company

stares at the rain
of the outside world

rivulets life-force down
the hospice greenhouse glass

foggy head
he wonders about

his own tomatoes
dying in the sun


Morgen: I asked Dave what prompted this piece and he said…

I can only imagine how lonely and horrific it is to be diagnosed with terminal cancer and know that you will never do the things you always wanted to do one day. The ‘holiday’ to the hospice is a one-way ticket and no-one shares this with you. My father had a nice view from the window but I’m not sure if this makes it worse as you see the life in nature – the weather etc. Outside my father’s room was a neglected greenhouse and through the morphine I wonder what dreams he had. I hope they were as bright and beautiful as the tomatoes he used to grow.

Thank you, Dave, that was really sad but beautiful. My father was in a similar situation (although he had the joy of High Wycombe town centre rather than a greenhouse, and dementia rather than cancer) – part of the inspiration behind my poem Three Quarters of a Whole).

Dave Lewis is from Pontypridd, South Wales. He has written newspaper columns, poetry for magazines, sports stories for the BBC and is organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition –

He has published six books to date – Layer Cake, a poetry collection, Urban Birdsong – a collection of short stories, prose, poetry and one song, Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses, a collection of poetry with photographs on his website.

In 2011 he published his first novel, Ctrl-Alt-Delete, a crime thriller set in Wales and has just published a Haiku collection.

His story ‘Onions’ won a runner-up spot in the Rhys Davies short story competition 2010.

For more details visit Dave’s website –


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