when we spoke of forever you
never mentioned lab tests/results/prescriptions
and now this 911emergency has turned into a
waiting room disaster

even as the others sat
and snivelled
the tiny vessels in your eyes burst and bled along
stress-worn skin and those patients
they screamed euphoria

(the mother of the toddler with the
107 temeperature
compared you to some porcelain sitting
on her mantlepiece
and broken