an illusion destroyed

beautifully made
from different types of
wood
handcrafted
to fit so exactly
a labor
of love
this doctor’s prayer :
an acknowledgement of the covenant
between practitioner and patient
hangs
in a place of prominence
on the wall
of exam room A
in a small practice
downtown
it, more than this immaculate
space
warms the heart
feels
like being in the hands
of a healer

relaxing
soothing,
before The diminutive Man
walks in
barking questions
with a hurried air
accusational
as if
I
am somehow abusing
His
time

it happens, and it seems
though
that I may be
appreciating this
for the first time
while
he
has the contempt
of
age

being in the presence of
such irony

© Emerys Watchel, 2017 All rights reserved.

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