a h.r.t. fan

Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations – Poem 46

a staff nurse mentioned today
in passing

 it’s been sixteen years …

since they took out
her ovaries and uterus

and all that

it was just a conversation
about a fan she’d misplaced
and how she needs it every day
every hour sometimes
when the flushes rise

she woke in the middle of the night
last week
to find herself
pillow sheets and nightwear

the doctors have told her
that’s the way it has to be
unless she restarts hormones

but she doesn’t want that
they don’t feel safe to take
and she’s had lumps removed already

she knows a friend
a woman
who’s been having flushes
for over thirty years
and probably will forever

if anything
is forever

she wants her fan
and if one of the male staff
has hidden it
there’ll be hell to pay


it gets pretty hot around here

© Frank Prem, 2016

Next – lost: one cockerel



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