Margaret Alice

Rookie - 3 Points (The Crystal Age / Pretoria - South Africa)

Dr Lugubrious - Poem by Margaret Alice

Dr Lugubrious sketched a scenario so sombre, a
future without hope, her knee will never improve,
brain damage, no doctor in private practice would
accept her as a patient with her multiple fractures

The lines around his mouth pointing down as if he
were about to burst into tears, cold with fear we
listened - then came another surgeon, explained
the situation, said she was stable, ready to be

Transferred to the best hospital where his good
friend Zondagh was in charge, gone the goose-
bumps of angst, went off to find this wonderful
doctor, a whiz kid, after driving up and down

Doctors conferring, a special ambulance, we en-
trusted Carine to Zondagh on a Sunday knowing
she would be all-right; he chewed while studying
her X-rays, pronounced her a good candidate

To walk normally again, no brain damage, the dire
predictions of Dr Lugubrious seemed false, nobody
knows what despondent sadness propels him to
prophesy the end for every patient

Unfortunate enough to fall under his care…

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 2, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 25, 2011


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