“Office Visit” by Sharon Rauenzahn
Stuffy nose, toenail fungus, digestive disquietude.
This tired feeling, that little wheezing cough.
Worries about my husband, worries about my kids.
That checkbox for heart disease, on my father’s side,
Or thyroid, on my mother’s.
All the bits that used to work better, when I’d used them less.
You know you’re getting older when you still check
For health that would have appalled your younger you,
Some other office visit,
When doctors were old, and you weren’t yet.
Oct. 29, 2015