In The Waiting Room

In The Waiting Room

A Poem by Paul Bell

Let me introduce myself
My name is suicide
I live in the shadows
Just at the back of your mind
You’ll probably never meet me
Sometimes I'm on posters
Usually in your doctor’s waiting room
You may glance at me
Put me to the back of your mind
That continuous cough
Your main concern today
Sure you’ll get better soon
Now we come to the other guy
I’m at the forefront now
Doesn’t seem to be any alternatives
No introduction needed
No explanation required
Sometimes we have a trial run
Just to see
But really our mind is made up
The poster stares right at him
Taunting, asking what he’s thinking
What is he thinking
The same thoughts as yesterday
The day before yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
The cough would have responded to antibiotics
But it was never really about the cough.

© 2017 Paul Bell



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IN TH EWAITING ROOM IS A METAPHOR FOR SO MANY THINGS GONE WRONG WAY TOO SOON...SUBTLY DEEP AND VERY PROFOUND...I LIKE IT

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Proud to say that having worked as a clinical specialist in mental health for over forty years until I retired a few years ago (early, I might add) I never once had a patient kill themselves. My best friend did though. A brave write indeed.......Neville

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

Yeah, I think we've all known someone who has committed suicide.
yes know the feeling not the action great job and ending is perfect

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Paul Bell

4 Weeks Ago

Thanks Marilyn. Sorry to have met in those circumstances.
You've made a very strong statement with this piece. The topic is very relevant, and you presented it very well.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Sadly it is one of those topics never out the news.
Sometimes, life appears to be the longest death.
Unsettling piece, Paul!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Yeah not the nicest one.
I am familiar with those distressingly gruesome posters!

Even though i am not one to visit the Doctor often, i can relate to this write. Too often it is the obviously evident illness that gets treatment and not the hidden internal one that taunts from the recesses of the mind.

A very relevant piece of writing. Nicely done.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Spot on. It really is the hidden illness.
this is sooooo good...reminds me of a line in an Anne Sexton poem...it is about how suicides wait, and we store them in the cupboard...like a can a soup...eventually we will use it...

no, it's never really about the cough...

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Think you summed it up perfectly. When is that time the cupboard opens.
Mentally Unstable

Interesting write

Matthew

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

I suppose we're all that way at times.
Matthew Kult

1 Month Ago

Indeed

Matthew
Confronting write, such ‘signs’ are littered all over the place when one actually takes the blinders off. I do love your angle Paul, really well done sir! x

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Told you to go to a cheery poem. lol
chilling Paul! so many warning signs about our health and suicide ...dire and true ... too much of anything will get ya ...not enough of some basics the same ... suicide is as cancerous as a malignant tumor ... lots of help out there for those suffering but the stigma and guilt still keep those suffering by themselves ...and the tragedy is that family and friends may look back and say "i knew something was wrong....i should have seen it coming" ... there are signs and symptoms eh?!
:( sobering thoughts sir
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

I think with some, they're definitely signs to see.
Some others just take your breath away. I.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

:( ........................

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