afraid

Compassion and empathy are completely foreign to them. They will avoid you if you are sick and want you to take care of them if they are ill.

Dr. Perry

i am afraid.
yesterday spent in a waiting room
without word, having to ask if all
had gone well with you. moved
from room to room with no
report until they finally
let me hold your hand, feed you,
give you water, and take you
home.

i am afraid.
no i am petrified.
here alone, in the cold
sterile room, freezing
under an ice pack, knowing
that soon i will be cut
open in order to heal.

i am afraid.
i reach out to you
in my need but i say
the wrong things, use
the wrong words, and i
am left alone.

i am afraid.
something is wrong with this picture.

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