Paul Hartal Poems
|321.||Which Comes First?||5/4/2015|
|323.||Whose Life Is Worth More?||5/20/2012|
|324.||Why Tears My Love?||10/8/2011|
|325.||Why The Snow Melts||10/12/2012|
|326.||Woman With Train||10/1/2011|
|327.||Women Change, But Men Don'T?||2/23/2013|
|328.||You Are Not The Wind||10/5/2011|
|329.||You Must Be Strong||2/23/2014|
They Come In Seven Sexes
An old wing of the university
housed the laboratory.
She passed through a narrow corridor
oozing the autumn moisture
of the morning rain.
She put on a white polyester coat,
adjusted her seat and then
placed the Tetrahymena
under the microscope.
“What are you doing? ”
asked suddenly a baritone voice.
Ruth looked up surprised
and saw Tom, a doctoral student
of anatomy, standing next to her.
“Oh, I do some research
on this tiny critter”, she said.
It is a single-celled animal
from the Protozoa family,
called Tetrahymena, a ...
In ancient China patients paid the doctor a fee
to keep them in good health. If they became sick,
the doctor returned the money.
But this was then and in another world.
Modern medicine in the information age
operates as a profit making enterprise,
in which ‘health care’ emerges
as an oxymoron.