Dear ER doctor,
Do not tell me that you refuse to admit my mom
Before you have even seen her.
Do not tell me that there is no medical reason to keep her in
When she’s had nothing to eat or drink for four days.
Do not tell me that other people need the bed
Like she is a waste of space.
Do not tell me that her care is a family matter
When I am the only family here.
Do not leave your abrupt manner smeared around the hospital room
For nurses to mop up with apologies and bright smiles.
Never mind doctor. I know you’re not listening anyway.
June 8, 2019