Like a Movie by Jennifer Lagier

An interchangeable cast
of cranky actors costumed as nurses
or white-coated specialists
move in and out
of your hospital room.

They ignore the name
listed above your bed,
printed upon wrist band.
Wordlessly perform a variety
of medical functions.

So far, they’ve pricked
your finger, mistaking you
for the unresponsive diabetic
on the opposite gurney.

Administered respiratory therapy
intended for a guy across the hall.
Tried to dose you with
the incorrect chemo.

Food service bungles
90% of your orders.
Twice they forget
to deliver your dinner.

Over and over
you remind them
you can walk on your own
when they insist
on a walker or wheelchair.

You wonder if the pathology report
of metastasized malignancy
actually belongs to you.
Try to convince yourself
it’s just one more mistake.


Jennifer Lagier has published twelve books and in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press). Forthcoming chapbook:, Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :






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