i am an awkward patient

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i am an awkward patient
when i am sick
i prefer to be alone
if the doctor could just call and
leave his opinion with
the lady at the liquor store
my health care
would be perfect
i do not want rubs or kisses or hugs
i can make my own tea
my own soup—
go be the hero
in someone else’s fever—
i do not want to be healed
i just want to be well

—Don Whittington

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