leg

one snowy Christmas
the whole family went
to the woods
I had a wrestle
with my brother
both of us
middle-aged
it seemed the perfect opportunity
to spring some jiu-jitsu
I waited for him to push
and spun around
for a hip throw
the inner edge of my boot
had caught in the snow
leaving my foot behind
pop pop
and my leg was broke
dad drove me to the hospital
there was a long wait
he leaned over to whisper
see that guy?
he’s come in
to have his tie
straightened

Colm and Hughie