Poemdog

Dogs 2016

INFLAMED MEMBRANE
(3/3/16)


we wait

we watch

we worry

we hope
that the condition
will clear
with time

we can afford
our government mandated
insurance

just barely

but with
the high deductible

everything
out of pocket
until that minimum
is met

we cannot
afford to use
our coverage
for any minor
maladies

if we couldn't
pay the premiums
at all

due to
social status

our care
would be
so much better

but unless
a limb is
severed

an eyeball
lost

our policies
are basically
nonexistent

we learn
to cope

emotionally

financially

we forget
what healthy
really feels
like

we adjust
to an incessant
low grade
suffering
as our reality

perhaps
good health
was always
a dream

the "health
program"
our middle class
nightmare