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The Waiting Room
by Ames K. Swartsfager

Monday, December 13, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A doctors waiting room is a place where time passes very slowly when one is waiting for a diagnosis.

THE WAITING ROOM

By

Ames K. Swartsfager

 

Waiting changes time,

     Or so it seems,

When waiting for the good,

     Hours seem to slowly stream

For ever building anxiety

     Forever nightmares which make us pant.

The pain of waiting for things we want

     For things we want, and can't

Conceive of having again.

      Such a sorry specimen, I sigh

"I can't wait!" the child cries.

      The hours seem to magnify.

 

When waiting for the bad

       It arrives much too soon

The bad revolves in the mind

      To find nothing would be a boon

Watching the door is no help

      The chair is hard, it urges me leave

Come back again some other day.

       Some other day, news to receive

Or perhaps he might even delay

      And send a letter or E-mail.

Then time can stretch or shrink all it wants

      While I relax with a jug of ale.

 

The time is now, I can not wait

      No more can I delay

The plot is done, actors ready

      Now's the time to start the play

No more waiting, no procrastination.

      The curtain opens, now consternation

The heart pumps faster, blood pressure rises

      As I wait with great expectation.

The door opens, I'm beckoned within

      To receive the news bad or good

The story's told in the Doctor's grin.

 

                                    -30-

 

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/30/2013
I enjoyed your poem.
Your words and ideas seem to flow very easily together.
Thanks.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/24/2012
All that anxious waiting, and then....the grin! What a relief! I like the way you compared the good and the bad news, and the contrast between the adult and the child's responses to the waiting time.
And I love the last line, which was a complete surprise, kind of a change in the atmosphere and in the tempo of the whole poem.

Connie
Reviewed by Paul Judges 12/20/2010
Excellent work.



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