Compassion

by Kitty Cat Lady   Aug 23, 2017


Doctor when you speak to me
Please remember I'm a person too
I know you need to tell me this
But your harsh words broke me in two

I know you do this every day
But this isn't common to me
Maybe one day it'll happen to you
Is that what it'll take for you to see?

That just a little compassion
Would go an awfully long way
When you must impart to me this news
Choose carefully the things you say

I get that your job is crazy hard
You're sleeping on your feet
But the words you choose today you see
Will stay till my heart's last beat

So please be gentle with my memories
You hold them on your tongue
I'll remember your face and the words you say
For all my days to come.

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  • 4 days ago

    by Ben

    I think as writers we are very aware of how powerful words (spoken or written) are, this is a very relatable write and something that makes me think about how we use language in our everyday lives....love this write added to favs :)

    Ben x

    • 4 days ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      That's a huge complement! Thanks Ben :-) x
      =^.^=

  • 1 week ago

    by William Mae

    What a great write, and so true. It’s so easy to forget what words can do to the person they are relayed to. I love the way you penned this.

    • 1 week ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      I really appreciate your comments William, thank you :-) x
      =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Alice

    This poem is very true. Doctors sometimes just see an illness and not a human being, its crazy! I've had medical professionals confuse me with other patients and say completely tactless things, yet I've also had doctors cry in front of me , give heartfelt compliments and hilarious jokes. I guess they are human too, they would have to have awfully big hearts in order to treat each patient so warmly.

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Sounds like you've been through a lot Alice! I think such things should be part of their training. Maybe one day eh! :-) x
      =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Meena Krish

    Judging Comment

    This poem is truthful and it captures a patient’s inner
    feelings, anxiety and pain when they need to hear the news
    from a doctor who has no feelings what so ever. Sometimes I
    feel they are just cold heart-ed and they deliver the news
    as if the patient deserves it. There are very few who have
    that patience and compassion and this poem really portrays
    pain against a doctor’s non compassionate heart.
    Well penned…take care

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Meena, thank you so much for this. I really appreciated your vote and your lovely comments. Thanks for your judging term also :-) x
      Kitty =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Glenn Gay

    I like this. It is sad how the bedside manner of most doctor's today have become like a bull in a China shop. Short on compassion, short on time and yet so quick to bill. When I go to the doctors office and watch people as they enter and exit it reminds me of the 29 years I watched automobiles coming off the assembly line. The difference is I knew the autos were completed and the patients are probably just as sick as when they went in.
    Good job

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Thanks so much for your comments Glen, I'm glad you liked it. Here in the UK we're very lucky to get 'free' healthcare, but the younger doctors are horribly overworked and underpaid ... but this particular doctor was a senior with years of experience ... her words and my shock at hearing them will probably never leave me! It's good to get this stuff out via poetry :-)
      =^.^=

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