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From a Hospital Bed

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From a Hospital Bed

 FROM A HOSPITAL BED
Wordancer

Even if I’m dizzy with an aching head, 
I must not disturb the others in the beds
In this hospital ward where not much is said
For fear of making a fuss.

It’s not much fun with nothing to do 
Can’t even get up to go to the Loo
The doctors come, and ask, ‘How are you?’
It’s hard to tell them which is worse 

Visiting hours and here’s Dad and Mum
Who immediately asks me why I’m so glum.
I tell them, ‘The others had ice-cream, but I got none,
And, if it was you Dad; you’d curse!’

Patting my hand, Mum says, ‘It’s all right,’
And Dad says, ‘You might get some tonight,
Cos you’re looking better, you’re not so white, 
I’ll go over and ask that nurse.’

Back he comes grinning down the ward,
And sits back in the chair without a word,
To Mum he whispers so he can’t be heard
Then his eyes meet mine, his lips are pursed. 

The doors swing open; a nurse comes through,
Carrying a tray and says, ‘This is for you,
You can have some now you are healing like new,
To Mum, Dad says, ‘We’ll cancel the hearse!’

I’ve broken no bones, the x-rays prove, 
But there’ll be a scar and a slight groove
Left from the fencepost that failed to move
When I fell on it, off my horse

With an arm in a sling and one foot on the ground,
The other in plaster and my head bandaged round,
I’m going home soon, and my horse has been found
Across the river, but he’s none the worst.

It’s easy to laugh with no aching head
And it doesn’t disturb the others in beds
‘There is no need to fear,’ as everyone says,
‘Just ring the bell for the nurse!’ 

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  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:48:00 AM

    I laughed my way through this. As a boy I spent a lot of time in the Children's Hospital here in Melbourne with Asthma. I can so relate to this wonderful piece. =)

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES Date: 9/24/2013 6:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Thomas, I laughed as I wrote it. I didn't at the time, but you have to because you feel like a fool falling off a horse only to tangle into barbed wire!!!
  1. Date: 4/15/2012 2:49:00 PM

    Congratulations on our poetry being featured this week J Eliza. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/15/2012 9:59:00 AM

    Hi J Eliza-Love this, made me laugh,it's very visual and true to life.It reminds me of the style of the famous English poet John Betjamin.It is easy to read,good rhythm and very witty.I love your sense of humour and congratulate you on being featured.I for one am very grateful you made it and would like this for my favourites please.Thank you. Love June(sylvia)

  1. Date: 1/31/2012 3:58:00 PM

    Yes mate love it ...see it happening too... i got drop kicked by a horse once....made me a bit of a dunce....4 fifteen years:( i put my crap on youtube too johnsondon2 will find me an the miami vice don johnson... good to see ya mate....Don

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES Date: 1/31/2012 4:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Please to meet you Don, it's so true. When jumping a fence, it makes no sense to land on your face and your noggin. It hurts like mad, but it doesn't it doesn't deter a log-in for a dose of Poetry Soup :-) Eliza
  1. Date: 1/31/2012 5:21:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you June. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. Read and comment on their's and they will return in kind. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES Date: 2/5/2012 8:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Carol, Thank you for the welcome and your good wishes, Poetry styles are different the world over, but with each reading I've come to discover that poets are warm hearted humans. wordancer