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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  • 1 day ago

    by IdTakeABulletForYou

    This was magnificent, a truly unique poem concept I've never seen before... I've honestly never thought of it, either. We most definitely are two quite different people (judging from your comment on my Nihilism poem, you care an awful lot and it seems I care less with each passing day), and going to the doctor I just want whatever it is to be told to me flat out. I think empathy is an important trait for a doctor, though; not only that, but to gauge and even ask for customer input. A doctor should tailor the experience to the person he/she is dealing with, especially seeing as appointment's tend to be expensive affairs these days. Some people, like yourself, can be traumatized by an apathetic diagnosis; while trying to fix health problems, it's best not to cause PTSD, too.

    I hope that the news you got wasn't bad, and your words are wonderful- I'm glad your friend encouraged you to write; myself, as a stranger, encourage you to write more! :)

    Sorry if I didn't make much sense throughout my comment; I am in a rambling sort of mood. My bad!

    Great job on the write,
    S

    • 1 day ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Hey thanks S, not at all rambling and easily understood. This was written in relation to being told, while pregnant, that my unborn child was "not compatible with life" ... they were wrong and he's now almost 17 but what a way to word such news!
      I'm with you on the straight talking bit, but even I found that unnecessarily harsh! Lol

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments and kind words ... I think you care more than you let on ;-) x
      Kitty =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Em

    Drs don't seem to know much about compassion unfortunately that being said a well rhymed piece

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      They become desensitised I guess, doing it day in, day out :-(
      Thanks though Em :-)
      =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Brenda

    I'm sorry you had to get your news in this fashion. Unfortunately a lot of Dr's don't have that empathy gene to convey heart ripping news to a patient. Your write was done wonderfully, good rhyming throughout and it flowed beautifully.

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Thanks Brenda. You would think it would form part of the training eh? I have met some absolutely outstanding doctors too though. I'm glad you liked it.
      =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Milly Hayward

    A very valid message much needed. As I too can testify. Well done for helping raise awareness and with such nice rhyming. Definitely worth nominating x

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Wow. Thanks so much Milly! My very first nomination. I'm so chuffed :-)
      =^.^=

  • 1 month ago

    by Mark

    Well done capturing the mind of a patient..describing her preferences for how life changing news is delievered

    • 1 month ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Thanks Mark, unfortunately this one was from experience, years ago now, but as I said, it stays with me and always will.
      =^.^=

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