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Doctor's Waiting Room

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Doctor's Waiting Room

I arrived early for the appointment I had made many months ago,
And began the interminable wait to consult with the medico!
When I checked in, it was already half-past noon.
Nursey said, "Take a seat and we'll be with you soon!"

The room was filled with people in every kind of condition!
I mused, "Lord, have mercy! Deliver me from this perdition!
While waiting I'll surely contract a dreadful disease, I fear
And be so much worse off than when I arrived in here!"

I thumbed through dog-eared magazines dating from 1953,
And stared with glazed eyes at unctuous soap operas on TV.
Swallowed stale coffee by the liter from a Styrofoam cup,
Waiting impatiently for my name to be called up!

I tried to snooze but that soon became a sad delusion,,
With bawling kids and inane babble - just too much confusion!
The little old lady next to me told of her every pain and ache,
As I lent a compassionate ear, striving to stay awake!

I was tempted to order a scrumptious Papa John's pizza pie,
Since my stomach was growling and supper time was drawing nigh!
At last Hildebrun, the nurse, in all her puffery before me did loom,
And finally ushered me into the harried doctor's examining room!

Robert L. Hinshaw CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:48:00 AM

    That pretty much sums up the mundaneness of a waiting room... personally I bring a sudoku book with me! I sure do love your eye for details and bits of humor sprinkled through out...

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 2:07:00 PM

    great poem Bob,,,,, hope things are good with you ;}

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 4:37:00 PM

    Bob, same the world over....David

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 11:05:00 AM

    Bring food and drinks!!!!! - (T.T.T. Things take time T.T.T.) - A nice poem bob, thank you. - Happy Valentine's day! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 1:21:00 AM

    Hi Robert absolutley brilliant just like our doctor waiting room except the mag are a bit newer, have a wonderful week my friend, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 12:55:00 PM

    Ha, too funny, Bob. That's an experience that everyone of us goes through. Mine is not too bad. Glad you are back. Haven't heard from you for a while. Love ya, Toquyen

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:35:00 AM

    Hi Robert; Iagree with you. I've been there and done that. I had the same expirence once. It was an emergency. I got to the hospital at &:00 AM - They saw me at 7:00 PM. There are a lot of stories about doctors and hospitals. Thanks for sharing this one. Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:42:00 PM

    haha, yes, it sounds like some of the rooms I have waited in , in the past . Good thing you were not waiting for a test that required you to fast 24 hours before the visit. The pizza would have ruined it for ya!!

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:33:00 PM

    Another wonderfully entertaining write from you, Bob! I enjoyed reading it! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:19:00 PM

    Hello Bob H., it's very nice to come across your latest poem. You've been on my mind lately.. But, I've been to lazy to check if you are atilln active here on the soup. I'm glad this witty and fun to read poem answered my question. Thank you for grabbing my attention in the waiting room. always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:16:00 PM

    hey bob! great to read a poem of yours tonight, especially such a funny one! i think we can all relate to this experience, which you've captured quite brilliantly here. i hope you've gotten the hang of your new computer so we can read more of your witty observations...

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 7:52:00 PM

    This is an extremely wondrous write my friend! I loved reading this expressively magnificent poem this evening! What a superior piece, I enjoyed this waiting room experience, Great Work!!