Richard King Perkins II


Tony used to be tall
now he’s long

went in for a back adjustment,
some minor twinges of pain—

a day later,
he’s a quadriplegic.

He talked about
all the money he’d soon be getting

how it meant nothing more
than vindication;

he said he just wanted the ability
to point out that he’d been wronged

and then remembered
he couldn’t even

do that.


Richard King Perkins IIRichard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

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