Michael Walker

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Forgiveness. - Poem by Michael Walker

I forgave the doctor for a late diagnosis
of a painless illness with an uncertain prognosis
except that it could travel to distant sites,
although its future was not 'will' but 'might'.


I forgave the radiologist who got impatient:
'We need you on the table without delay.
The catheter is for your arm: the serum is for your soul.
'To scan your whole body- radioactive -is my role'.

I try to blot out the red and green signs
and I will forget them, I guess, in time.
I will forget the cold clinical hospital itself.
I never want to go back there myself.

-23 October,2018.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Quatrain


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is loosely based on a recent experience of mine in Wellington.
I find it harder to forgive myself than others.

Comments about Forgiveness. by Michael Walker

  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/30/2018 12:39:00 AM)

    More often, we ourselves are to blame for situations needing urgent medical treatments. We Indians just postpone a routine medical check-up indefinitely unless something serious happens. Doctor's, too, can be at fault at times. I understand your sentiments. (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(11/21/2018 5:34:00 PM)

    Yes, we can make the wrong decisions about treatment, under pressure. I can understand your people's reluctance to get a medical check-up and face the truth. I am like that too.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/24/2018 12:32:00 AM)

    Uncertain and painless illness provokes thought. Being impatient is not good. Doctor should be effective at right time to save life and recovering pain of a patient. We hope, you will regain your green image soon. Forgiving is a nice human value. Forgiveness makes you great. An excellent poem is well penned.10 (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(10/24/2018 6:35:00 PM)

    An illness without symptoms is something else, totally deceptive. You are so right about forgiving others-many times over, as Jesus taught. I try to forgive. Thanks for your insights.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 18, 2019


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