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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Life is hell for anyone living under the umbrella of fiilthy dark suicidal thoughts. Little or nothing blows away the brolly, the thoughts - or knots a mind can't unravel any more.

Those are my briefest thoughts on what you've written with keen but gently veiled empathy plus an urge to understand more. Perhaps.

No, 'never about the cough' .. but unspoken pleas for a learned man to notice this or that obvious symptom lurking in someone locked inside self. Hurts. Those posters are keen agitators in many ways, guiding you to a cinema: 'Come see what you see'. Trouble is suicide is real.. blazig bullets are not. Takes two hours to see a movie, takes a second for a bullet to..

Sorry, tis a topic that hits home for various reasons, not my own but close. You write with astounding clarity but ultra strong emotions. sighh

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

I think now. Everybody will know someone who committed suicide. Usually the feeling at the time is. .. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Bad stuff lingers and should. Reinds us how fortunate we are when we complain of missing a bus, stu.. read more
Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Not at all. Off to the football. Will catch your story later. Be good.
Deep, sinister, thought-provoking. We are confronted impersonally by posters, ads, etc. about suicide in waiting rooms, when watching tv, at bus stops- constantly it seems. Your excellent poem makes it very personal and almost confrontational. It needs to be that to heighten awareness and sensitivity to signs and symptoms.Kudos!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

I just realised one day, as i was out and about.
There just seemed to be a lot of posters on.. read more
That's why I avoid waiting rooms. I either barge in or don't go at all. Worst case, I'll die from something else lol

Posted 1 Month Ago


Marina

1 Month Ago

All jokes aside, that's a really intense one you wrote there Paul.
Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

You'll die when eddie falls on top of you from a high height. Sort of wrote this at the docs. For so.. read more
Marina

4 Weeks Ago

I was going to make a vampire joke, but it's too obvious. Any chance he smuggles it out of the count.. read more
I don't go to the doctor much so I've never seen such a poster . . . I guess all that waiting really tweaks your mind some, does it? Many of your comments are too true, altho stated as satire. It's refreshing to read good irony instead of the many dreary suicidal thoughts often shared here! *wink! wink!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Strangely enough Margie, I usually try and avoid the doctors like the plague. Was forced to go. The .. read more
"Sometimes we have a trial run
Just to see"

Of course, no introduction needed. Almost unwelcome visitor, in fact.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Probably why i never visit them.
Mirror

4 Weeks Ago

Please don't. :)
Really we don't need disasters and diseases. We have our own internal, home grown killers. Which makes most of humankind, including me, very very sick. Death is then just a natural and in fact a positive outcome of the stink and negativity we ourselves put through. A powerful, telling write Paul.

(But that doesn't mean you put me on the poster!)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

C'mon DIVYA. You could have saved the guy.
DIVYA

1 Month Ago

For a good fees, perhaps I could have but I'm not a certified medical professional. ;(
Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

Excuses, excuses.

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