to dream hospital

somebody wake his family

beep

tell them
he’s sleeping

beep

~

these people
are professionals

they know the signs
to watch for
oneiric-para-medicals
have done all this
before

~

put in a line
insert the canula

beep           beep

let’s feed him
by naso-gastric

beep

strap him down
firm
onto the gurney

beep           beep

you never know
he might just have
a wild one

beep

or he could be
stuck inside
for days

beep

~

they won’t wake
him
not here

they’ll take him
to the slumber ward

~

beep

look
can you see his eyes
move

something’s happening
in there

beep- beep           beep

 beep- beep           beep

now
we just have to wait
for him

beep

did somebody wake
his family

do it now
tell them …

tell them
that he’s fast asleep

all systems are normal
now

beep

beep

beep

~

these people
are professionals

they have done
all this
before


© Frank Prem, 2017

March 2017 Poem #26: awkward

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