Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A wee poem… we didn’t Know ( you should have said)

me and mel

                                               A WEE POEM


                             (WE DIDN’T KNOW (you should have said)


Why force a dying women oot her bed? (Ullapool Medical centre)

(We didn’t know. How ill Mel was.)

A year and a half, since her death. I have asked. Why

(We didn’t know, you should have said.)

Registered at Ullapool Medical centre for 7 years and more. Mel was.

5 lots of cancer, including bone and breast wae osteoporosis. Thrown in

(We know.) (WE KNOW) …..

6 months Chemo and two lots o radiotherapy.

(We know. WE KNOW.)


Broke her back as a kid. A year tae walk again.

Why force a dying women oot he bed? Then?

Across a carpark #100 yards and more.

each step bones simply crumbled

(We didn’t know how ill Mel was.) we didn’t know.

Why make us beg for meds, morphine and more (Lochinver Medical centre)

On my knees, Mel in tears. We begged.


(We didn’t know how ill Mel was.) you should have said.


That last year 95% bedbound

(we didn’t know, YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID)

We did we did we did. WE DID.

At appointments, notes we wrote, aye even on the phone time after time.

(we didn’t know, we didn’t know how ill Mel WAS. YOU should have said.)

You’re NOT LISTENING YOU’RE NOT LISTENING over and over we were telt.

Time you stole from us, as we fought with you. Some Drs nurses , receptionists, and the odd chemist.

Mel in tears as time after time you said. (“You’re not listening” “YOU’RE NOT LISTENING”)

Screaming in pain. We both begged again. And again, please I just want my meds. My wife screamed No more tests, no more treatment. (that last year)

(we didn’t know how ill Mel was)

(we didn’t know)

Close tae death, you took one more blood test, against her wishes.

(you’re NOT listening, we didn’t know, how ill Mel was)

Turn and sigh Mel did.

Aye turn and die.

Then together “Fuck OFF” we shouted. Enough enough.

(We didn’t know)

(we didn’t know)

(we didn’t know)

Even banned from Kyle o Lochalsh. (medical centre) As a wee traveller asked for meds. Telt tae fuck off home, England we guessed. Aye fuck off your banned. For asking for meds.

What gives you the right tae just travel about.? Your answer tae Mel’s wee request.

(we didn’t know how ill Mel was)

your answer after a year and a half. since he death.

(You should have said………….)

(we didn’t know, how ill Mel was.)

Aye precious time you stole from us both.

The toughest battle this past year, tae still care.

Aye curled up in ball. even pissed three times n more.

At last I have the answer.

Why force a dying woman oot her bed tae collect he prescription?

(WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW ILL MEL WAS) “you should have said”



They didn’t know how ill you were babe.

Peace. Mel n Andy

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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