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


One comment on “Office Visit

  1. ~ t says:

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

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