If Symptoms Persist, Consult Your GP (Poetry)

16th April 2018
I went to the doctor
my heart full of hope
for a warm, kindly word
and a keen stethoscope

sure he’d make me feel better
determine the cause
of my various symptoms
and see health restored

All my confidence waned
as he slumped in his chair
for he looked rather bored
like he didn’t much care

Then he wrote a prescription
and showed me the door
my ten minutes was up
it was all he’d afford

Well, the pills did no good
and his surgery’s booked
for at least the next month
so my goose will be cooked

if I don’t get some help
just to deal with the stress
tender mercy’s fresh out
in today’s NHS