The Doctor, Part 46

You are the
very
least useful
person
on the team,

the go-to,
the
RN
for my oncologist,

our first meeting
you asked
where I work
and you said you lived
there
and had I heard about
that homeless guy
who’s always around
Broadway and Houston,

he stabbed someone
you said
and you ran off
to print out a copy
of an article
for me,

I mentioned
pain,
fireballs of
pain
and your dull smile
said

I need to call you
when I am
in dolor,
that
you,
Tiffany,
will
help,
you said call,
you’d call right back to
help

and then you broke the rule,
the dating a high-school girl rule:
don’t say you’re going to call if you’re not
going to call,

I called,
I trusted you
with my pain,
you never
called

and this week
I left a message
with
pain
details

and when you call
there is
dim
on the
other end,
blank,
nothing,
you haven’t the
slightest
fucking idea
what I
need.

See you
Tuesday.

 

The entire The Doctor series can be found here.