Cheering the dying

I’ll stay a minute; you should have a nurse
put these in water, or they’ll not — last.
I would have come in yesterday — what’s worse
than promises unkept? You’d be aghast

how often people promise to turn up;
and when time comes, they’re nowhere to be found.
The man came to repair the furnace—
souviens-toi, that awful roaring sound?

Four hours at eighty per— shush: it’s just money:
your heart could go again; I’d have to sell
the house to make ends meet, Honey—
anyway, I’d rather live in — well,

I have to go. It’s been nice seeing you,
but hospitals depress me, and I’ve not been—
Don’t want to bother you with too
many of my problems, but it seems a sin

to waste the lower section , so I was thinking
of selling off just a little of the farm,
enough to let me get off to far Bejing
or some exotic spa, away and warm.

Don’t fuss, Honey: I’ll call the nurse
to fix the flowers before you’re any worse.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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