Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wonderful how you people get around -a poem

Its wonderful how you people get around these days, the older woman said

She touched the sports bottle on my wheelchair and asked

What’s this

I explain it’s a bottle with a straw I drink from

How clever! Does anyone ever try to drink out of it she asks, laughing

My cat, I say

She stops, looks at me, says oh, does he really

All the time I say

The nurse behind the desk has her hand over her mouth muffling laughter

Do you let him the older woman asks

I can’t stop him I’m paralyzed I say

Well - what about people, she asks, almost defensively

No, people don’t try to drink out of it. At least not yet, I say, wondering if she's thirsty

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