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The Waiting Room

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The Waiting Room

These chairs are uncomfortable
probably designed for that one purpose.

Those around me make no attempt
to acknowledge my existence
as if I am the product of their illness.

These chairs are uncomfortable
I wonder if they feel the same.

The wait is long
two hours past
my appointment time.

I would be angry
except all my emotion
is focused on this chair.

I watch as those around me
come and go
I am still ignored
this chair now unbearable.

Finally
I am called
I stand
I feel instant relief
I am happy to be out
of that uncomfortable chair.

I enter the office
my mood elevated
ecstatic to be seen
my greeting
no anger or despair
simply
"Good afternoon, Doctor."

Into my test
that one
I put off for so long
that dreaded Prostate Exam
my mind reverts
so not to feel any pain
I think of that damn chair
probably designed
for that one purpose.

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  1. Date: 5/23/2010 6:51:00 PM
    Congrats Mac on your big win in Paula's contest with this all too real account of daily life ... glad u have returned on fire...with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 11:19:00 PM
    Yes, a very "real" poem, as Joe said. I enjoyed this one, Mac. Nice to see you here and to see you got second place for this poem. Isn't it interesting that WE have to pay doctors for missing an appt. and yet they do not have to pay US for making us lose two hours of our precious time to THEM. Luv, andrea

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 8:09:00 AM
    I love it Mac. Poetry that is oh so real and true - nothing beats it. Nice job.

  1. Date: 5/21/2010 7:14:00 AM
    Nice observation of the waiting rooms.

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 7:18:00 PM
    Waiting rooms are a pain in the butt, Mac, and not just the chairs. Watching the hands on the clock ticking along is so boring. I hope you're feeling better now and that the exam went well. Hopefully, you won't have to sit in that chair again any time soon. Best wishes, Carolyn