My poem ‘The Fortune-Teller’ has been selected for publication in Short and Twisted 2010, an annual publication of short stories and poetry with a twist. I am very honoured and I am particularly happy because this poem has great meaning for me. The book will be available in May.

The Fortune-Teller

My brother went to see a fortune teller

who said he would die at the age of twenty-one.

That sharp thorn of thought stuck in my mind.

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One day he was riding

a freeway on his motorbike

and the road rearranged his brain.

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They patched him up at the hospital

and he walked out with no scars

visible to passers-by.

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When he turned twenty-two

I laughed out loud with relief

and hid that thorn in my tin of memorabilia.

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One day I took the thorn out of my tin

and showed my mother, laughing as I reminded her of the story

with a frown she said

but he did die, didn’t he.