Dictionary of a Norwegian Hospital Bed

My poem “Dictionary of a Norwegian Hospital Bed” is now available to read in Overheard magazine or below. I’m beyond thrilled to have found a home for this poem in such a wonderful magazine, and I cannot recommend highly enough checking out other work published by Overheard.

Being one of my first poems experimenting with form, this poem has played an important role in figuring out the direction I want to take with my poetry and has inspired me to continue exploring ways poetry can meld together with other forms of text.

Dictionary of a Norwegian Hospital Bed



  1. n. beans – edible seeds of leguminous plants; kidney beans, black beans, coffee beans, lima beans, spill the beans, green beans, jellybeans, baked beans
  2. n. prayers – moonlight captures you through the blinds, I fold my hands and whisper; please, please, please



  1. n. lamb – a young sheep; lamb chop, like a lamb to the slaughter, gentle as a lamb
  2. adj. paralysed – your eyes open, but you can’t move; left, right, forwards, backwards



  1. n. tongue –  the soft piece of flesh in the mouth, used for tasting and speaking; ox tongue, slip of the tongue, tongue twister
  2. adj. heavy – they lift your limbs and scrub you down with soap; arms, legs, you make me leave the room



  1. adj. drunk – having one’s faculties impaired by alcohol; get drunk, drunk driver, dead-drunk
  2. adj. full –  anger fills you; replaces the liver, crumbles the bones, spreads through the tubes until the machines beep loudly



  1. n. unripe fruit – fruit that is immature and not ready to be eaten; apples, lemons, peaches, pears, bananas
  2. n. map – I only leave when they put new sheets on the bed; not knowing where to go, how to

Longlisted and published in The Phare

My poem, My Personal Botany, was longlisted for The Phare‘s WriteWords 2021 competition. You can read it here.

I wrote this poem a couple of years ago, and never thought it would leave my notebook. Without saying too much, it’s really boils down to what we’ll do for the things or people we love.

Photo by me.