At The Clinic

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 #422:  That Said . . .

"Words said to children may be healing, or harmful. Inspiring or spirit-squelching. Today, we have three options to inspire our poems:

1. A memory of something said to you when you were a child
2. Something you’ve overheard said to a child
3. Words you’ve said to a child

Choose one or more, and share your words with us."


Clinic setting
children crying
waiting room filled.
A name is called.
Frightened 4 year-old
looks at her mother,
who is chomping noisily
from a bag of pretzels.
Mother says, 'Well get
your ass in there.
They called your name,
didn't they?'  Knees
knocking together,
eyes downcast,
the little girl
follows the nurse
down the hall
alone.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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