Published Last week in Jerry Jazz Musician


The light on the road
to Chicago turns us
toward each other,
stories full
in our mouths.

There is room
in the Volkswagen
for what we need,
growing in the music
of Al Green and Norah Jones.

Reaching ahead of our
selves, we hold hands
as the dusk settles
her skirt around us, we
look for a bed in the dark.

The car empty
of all but the moon
we dream, in Chicago
more jazz
less blues.


(From Music for Men Over Fifty; Songs of Love and Surgery)



Me – My Left Foot

I am in Bed 3, though not right now. I am doing well enough I can go home and look after myself all long weekend. The walker photo is from week before last, the end of week two. I can easily make the rounds of the rehab gym on forearm crutches, and then on Friday, I successfully completed two laps with only two canes! Holy nervous cats that made me feel good.

My amputation at HSC was April 5th, and I was home April 9th, for my wound to heal,  and in Rehab July 16. Walking has been my main objective. For whatever reason, I do not have a lot of phantom limb/pain. The downside however is gravity when I walk, stand or sit. There is some improvement to sit now that my faux leg can hold up what remains of my left leg, like now working at my computer at home. My back’s a mess, lousy cartilage the culprit, plus the ankylosing spondylolisthesis (one vertebrae slipping over another), with genetic inheritance the main cause. So pain remains a significant disability.

The PT in Rehab have been great. Though I hope I can finish by Friday. Need to work more on my balance and walk around the room without mobility aids, though I will likely continue to use at least one cane to bolster my confidence and for things like pushing the door opening buttons. I will also get moving on my all-terrain scooter, not for my recovery but for wider range. While I will always have a wheelchair and forearm crutches, I want to roam and have some fun.


Victor Enns reads and writes poetry and fiction. Afghanistan Confessions, poems in the voice of Canadian soldiers, was published in 2014, boy in 2012. Lucky Man (2005) was nominated for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year award.

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