Office Visit

Office Visit

Now you are ten, and
With ten pastel-painted toenails
When daffodils bloom
You come to me complaining of
A sore throat.

Your mother smiles, tells me
She’s taking you to Disney World
Next week; wants to make sure
It’s nothing serious,
Your sore throat.

The faint pink test line
Signifies streptococci, but
No matter—
Nothing that a course of
Bubblegum medicine won’t fix,

Unlike your older brother’s
Neuroblastoma, which
Took him this month
Eight years ago,
When you were only two.

18 April 2010

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One comment on “Office Visit

  1. ~ t says:

    No sore throat would ever keep me from Disney World either …

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