Chemo Ward 15 (Happy Birthday NHS)

Human pin cushion

Sick of being sticked

My veins hide

Oh they know what’s coming

Hand in hot water

Force them to surface

Medicine is good for you

Then why is it poison?

Dried up veins

Dried up husk

Body clings on

Wants to fight

But how long?

NHS I love you

Happy 65th birthday

It’s today!

I love you

I love my surgeon

She is sweet and kind and knows my name

She kneels down in front of me

Like a mother.

Bad, bad cancer.

I am so small she says

She looks sad

I’ll be ok

But I am small and young and it all shows through

But without you what would I do

My NHS, I love you.


© Jennifer Winterburn


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