GloPoWriMo: Day 21

GloPoWriMo: Day 21

The Day 21 prompt was to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. It could be something I’d heard on the radio, or a phrase I remember from childhood, even something I overheard a coworker say!  The poem should use the overheard speech as a springboard from which to launch the poem.  The poem could comment directly on the overheard phrase or simply use it as illustration or tone-setting material.  I have written a poem about a conversation I heard staff having about me in a hospital, that I probably wasn’t supposed to hear, but there wasn’t much chance of me not hearing it…  Information about developmental hip dysplasia and the consequences of it being diagnosed in adulthood can be found here.


There’s hardly any bone left
The radiographer said
As she stared at the x-ray
Glowing on the screen
No wonder she’s in pain

It’s a wonder she can walk at all
The nurse replied, holding a pen
A black plastic cigarette
Between her lips

Later the doctor told me
It was psychosomatic
And tried to force me to take pills
That would make me forget

One day not long after
I would be sat down and told
They were really very sorry
But it was too late
Nothing could be done now

There’s hardly any bone left
It’s a wonder she can walk at all

Copyright, D M Day, 2017



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