“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; … William Osler
He visits doctors;
they have him in their palm.
He stays calm when a cardiologist listens
to his chest and says: “Oh yes,
I hear the pneumonia.”
His antibiotics have expired;
perhaps he should have more?
His knees are sore, he’s tired – is that a side effect
In hospital he shares room
with a hindu, who speaks only hindi.
The nurses say: “How can I help you,
Mr. Kumar.” Mr. Kumar answers in hindi.
“HOW CAN I HELP YOU, ” they
He remembers they used
to bleed patients to make them well,
when at 5: 00 AM he is awakened
by a “ little stick.” Perhaps,
there are vampires in the cellar.
It’s such a hassle to pee
into a hand-held urinal, when
he can walk.
Someone is tracing his heart line;
someone with a white coat
has a hand on his throat.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.