Poemdog

Dogs 2018

WORRIED DOC
(5/25/18)

the last
thing
that any of us
wants to hear

that our
physician
is concerned

overly

about some
element
of our anatomy

furrowed brow

a clicking
of the tongue

"I would like
you to see
a specialist

to get
your pancreas
scoped

as soon
as possible"

he then
recounts
a past patient
who expired quickly
after exhibiting
far less
of the physical
indications
now evident
in this case

he tosses
about
the standard
terms

lesion

biopsy

cancer

none of which
are any source
of comfort

at the end
of the appointment
he tells me
heartily
to enjoy
the long weekend

he doesn't
seem to realize
the paradoxical
nature
of his comments

poor man

he worries
me