Brought to you by the students of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
daddy strollers you into rehab
like he’s being punished;
eight year olds should run and play –
first born son’s a vegetable.
pretty PT girls rubber band your
[arms] and [legs]to a metal cage
and try to sqeeeeeeze out movement
like torturers seeking confession.
your only words are
puny, atrophied muscles
to the t-a-u-t--b-a-n-d’s plastic twinge.
eye me in corner.
make goofy grin at me,
because you and I are the only boys
in a room full of girls we both know
I watch them unhook your useless limbs,
waddle you back to the wheelchair.
I wonder which cardinal sin
you or anyone else could have committed
to earn the pine tree that fell on your head,
crushing your skull,
while you rode your first bicycle.
I wonder, then I wheel you to the waiting room.
Copyright © 2013 Mentis
About the author:
Ben is a first year med student who once contracted cooties at MEDVOUC.
About the artwork:
"Skeleton Study 1" is charcoal and chalk on newsprint and was drawn by second year med student Allison Ng.