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The waiting Room

waiting in hosp

People silently sitting

Some sit with hands fidgeting

And knees twitching

Nervous tension

Sat in neat orderly lines and rows

Waiting, clock watching

Tick tock tick tock

They sit with fear etched on their faces

There’s a sense of  premature sadness that fills the air

Waiting, clock watching

Tick tock, tick tock

Empathic smiles shared between strangers

In corridors and rooms with sterile coloured walls

With magazines on tables 3 months out of date

and discarded  styrofoam cups

Soft muzak plays to soothe the  patients as they wait to learn their fate

Waiting, clock watching

Tick tock, tick tock

For their name to be called

For their futures to be decided

Whether it is allowed to continue as it was before

But for those who are told the bad news (no one wants the bad news)

They leave the doctor’s office

With their world crashing down

Tumbling around their feet

Whilst those left sit patiently

Smile with empathic grins

All thinking the same thought

There but for the grace of God (go I)

But still they sit

Waiting, clock watching

Tick tock, tick tock

For their name to be called out

©Copyright 2013 by June Bolland

4 thoughts on “The waiting Room

  1. Hello Roxi,

    II’m fine ,thank you for asking. The above poem was a written observation of what I had been through with my partner Jo and her visits to her cardiologist (by the way her pacemaker is doing fine and more so is Jo) and my currently I’m doing hospital trips with my mum to her oncologist .

    I was sat waiting for 3 hours yesterday as my mum had scans , so I thought I’d use my time productively and the above is the result.

    Hope you are well
    Take care
    Finn x

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