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.

jen-2016

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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