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Dogs 2017

HYPERTENSION HOPSCOTCH
(11/12/17)

the doctor
is not pleased

so I wander
the city
at all hours

a geriatric
gypsy

in search
of free
blood pressure
machines

checking
my numbers

emailing them
to my doc

the additional
running around
is a major
pain
in the ass

a pain
in my circulatory
system
as well

providing
another level
of stress
that hitherto
did not
exist

I am sure
that my
systolic

my diastolic

are adversely
affected
by this convoluted
monitoring
process

the endeavor
is a self sustaining

upper spiraling

BP purgatory

with no hope
of escape

unless
of course
I ignore
all advice

cease
these self
defeating
health checks

and survive
as long as possible
in ignorance
of my physical
condition

possibly clutching
my chest
in agony
some day
along
the side
of some
roadway

others
driving by

never
understanding
the warning
of me