Internal Medicine Poem
Today I Saw
diabetes in a brown pantsuit
recently widowed, bringing her daughter
for the first time.
Bladder cancer still working
full time after surgery
with two sons to get through college.
A stroke crying and embarrassed
to be unmanly since his release
from the hospital.
A health care checkup squeezed in
before her insurance runs out.
Downsized out of a job.
High blood pressure out of control
from the stress of a daughter
raped at age sixteen.
Recurrent breast cancer smiling.
Thin but happy to be leaving on her first cruise.
To her I say bon voyage.
Barbara Fleming-Phillips, MD