Weeks of monotony
filled his life with an opposite extreme.
No longer pursued by opportunists
who disguised themselves with
good intentions, his body regained strength.
The government arranged his back-pay.
The mass of generation-removed
relatives ceased their dutiful visits and eventually no one came
to see the hero who had fought the longest war.
For his 50th birthday,
the nursing staff organised
a small party.
To make him feel at home,
the festive cake has been
decorated in the form of a tropical island.
Nude was visibly
moved by the occasion
and yet he seemed strangely distracted.
They thought it best to leave him alone.