When they ask me, as of late they frequently do, how I have for so many years continued an equal interest in medicine and the poem, I reply that they amount for me to nearly the same thing.
~ William Carlos Williams
Sometimes what I share for Poetry Friday is random, and sometimes it is based on my own life, like last week when we celebrated the marimba. This week, one of my kids had surgery, so doctors are on my mind.
Also, I just read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I finished it in the waiting room...it's not recommended hospital reading, to be honest). So, I'm going to give the poet-doctor Glenn Colquhoun a chance to blow off some steam:
Today I do not want to be a doctor
by Glenn Colquhoun
Today I do not want to be a doctor.
No one is getting any better.
Those who were well are sick again
And those who were sick are sicker.
The dying think that they will live.
And the healthy think they are dying.
Someone has taken too many pills.
Someone has not taken enough.
A woman is losing her husband.
A husband is losing his wife.
The lame want to walk.
The blind want to drive.
The deaf are making too much noise.
The depressed are not making enough.
The asthmatics are smoking.
The alcoholics are drinking.
The diabetics are eating chocolate.
The mad are beginning to make sense.
Everybody’s cholesterol is high.
Disease will not listen to me.
Even when I shake my fist.
More doctor poetry:
* Anne Sexton's Doctors
* Monet Refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller
* I had already named this post "Healing Words" before I heard about Healing Words Productions, connecting medicine and the expressive arts, and their first documentary. The below poster is from Healing Words Poetry Posters:
* The 2012 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine is over, but the 2013 Symposium is scheduled for next May.
* Please read The Poetry Ward: A doctor dispenses poems to patients and medical students by Danielle Ofri
On an unrelated topic, I'd like to give a shout out to young writer Kenzi! Kenzi participated in my Young Writers Club several summers ago. It would be nice to schedule another; I hope I can find the right time.
Today's Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Amy at The Poem Farm.