Most of what you need to know about people
you can learn in a waiting room,
if you’re not in too much pain to pay attention.
And if you want to measure the doctor s compassion,
check the magazine selection.
I try to think of his redeeming qualities.
My mind goes blank.
But I’m sure the good Lord will come up with a few.
We watched the images of the storm on TV
and never once thought to look out the window.
Every time I try to think
of something new to say
my mind goes back to something old.
The past gets in the way.
How can one, during naps
under a warm, soft blanket
on one’s favorite couch,
dream of tsunamis and hurricanes and such?
© 2012-the present
Image of a January 1961 Nor'easter is from Wiki Commons - public domain (as a NOAA publication)