The Doctor, Part 43

One friend
said he’s afraid to see me
when I’m skinnier
at the end of the summer,
when I’m bald –
he looked away
while we ate,

one friend
invited me
and my cancer
over
for a barbecue
to get his
girlfriend back
(I told her
he’s an ass
and he
got her back),

one friend
came to visit,
said
he’d done
the research
online,
he said
the odds
aren’t good,

lots of
friends
won’t tell me
but they
don’t want to go
to the hospital
and
some friends
don’t even call
and that’s okay,
it’s better
if they don’t know
what to say.

The entire The Doctor series can be read here.