THE SELFISHNESS OF THE SICK
The selfishness of the sick is enviable.
They can have anything they want,
they think, and so they make demands.
All is forgiven in the caves
no one else wants to enter.
They are bathed by strangers,
gently held while their pillows
are fluffed and rearranged. They
are served all of their meals and get
exactly what they ask for.
They eat, they drink, they drowse
on so much love, on painkillers,
dreaming of the old world
where they can
walk to what they want, unassisted.
-- Beth Joselow
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