by Maurice Corlett
Although I see the psychiatrist every six weeks I am no fruit cake. Depression is my curse and the last bout that I had was bloody murder. But that is in the past now and I am holding my own against the dog. The fruitcake that Lyn made for John took six weeks to find him in Afghanistan. He sent us an email this morning with a photo of him and the cake in his recently flooded room. He said that he had been up country for weeks and had spent a lot of time in military airports and that it was good to get something from home. We hope that he enjoys his fruitcake and the other presents that we sent him. I think that it will be a long time til we see him again. But that is the way of the foreign correspondent – here today and gone tomorrow. A life that I would have given anything for at his age. But I made other choices.
Maurice Corlett is a poet and prose writer from Wagga Wagga. He was born and raised in Newhaven on the south coast of England. A locale that inspired his early work. Sometime ago his short story – Reunion In Gunyah Creek was published in The State Of The Art. He has had poems accepted by fourW, an annual Australian journal.