His Whole World
The entirety of his world
was a small single room.
Other residents seemed to be very old
with little in common.
A faded black and white wedding photo
on the bedside cupboard.
Since the passing of his wife
infrequent visits of family,
life now seemed acutely hollow.
He didn’t want to die
but he had lost the skills to live.
Sitting again in the chair next to the window
a shaft of light poured through the glass
as if trying to comfort him.
Rob McKinnon lives in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. His poetry has previously been published in ‘From the Ashes - A poetry anthology in support of the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire relief effort’ Maximum Felix Media, Crêpe & Penn Literary Magazine, Poetry Pea Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Re-Side Magazine, Headline Poetry & Press, Knights Library Magazine, Vaughan Street Doubles, The Wellington Street Review, Dust Poetry Magazine, Sūdō Journal, Sage Cigarettes Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow Magazine, Black Bough Poetry and InDaily.