/ The Doctor
/ Yes, I agreed to perform the abortion.
/ The girl was under unusual strain.
/ I formed the opinion that for personal…
T H E E Y E C H A R T I scowl towards his voice. He says the mapmarks how far vision goes. If I could creep up close I’d learn the journey. His technique restricts me to a chair so he can track how far I travel down the chart alonebefore I pause. […]
Let me not be tempted
/ to talk incessantly about my illnesses;
/ the love of rehearsing them has become too sweet.
/ And more…
The consultant’s room
/ a gallery
/ exhibiting the scans;
/ my head
/ an apple sliced,
/ my core on public view.
/ To launch the show
/ an invited few
/ stand round, comment
Her GP told her, it’s important
/ to start looking for special accommodation
/ for when the time comes.
/ Parkinsons makes her slow…
I originally wanted to be a witch
/ Sitting inside a Leiden jar
/ In the pathology museum.
/ My fallback application
/ Was to be one of…
Some prowl sea-beds, some hurtle to a star
/ and, mother, some obsessed turn over every stone
/ or open graves…
The GP stands at the door of his room,
/ shakes my hand, asks me how I am.
/ I always smile and say…
This is bad enough
/ So please …
/ Don’t give me
/ Don’t give me
/ pages and dense pages
/ “this leaflet aims to explain ……
10. A note of warning to patients when all else fails
/ Sometimes the needle is too blunt.
/ The stethoscope is too quiet.
for the 60th anniversary of the NHS
/ These are the hands
/ That touch us first
/ Feel your head
/ Find the pulse
/ And make your bed.
My only talent lay in these.
/ My father rubbed his hands together,
/ stared as though their whorls held codes
/ of thirty years obstetric…