It’s not what we really need you
know, a blood test to establish we
might have another casualty who’s
likely got a touch of gout; of course
we won’t spout these declarations
to the neighbours except to explain
the limp is pain from osteoarthritis.
It is germane of course to make a
future case excusing trifling gain in
weight – made, unexpectedly if you
please, pre-diagnosis; and as pride
still rings with the hubris of style
then here we might also explain –
the touch of gout is still in doubt.
© 13 July 2007, I.D. Carswell