They Say

Today the doctor told us
Apologetic, head down
Shoulders folded around
His useless stethoscope
Checking his file again
And again as though results
Might have morphed in
The last few moments to
Something more palatable or
Perhaps the embarrassed
Guilt of a survivor sharing
Pizza at six, his wife a bit late
             as usual
The kids a bit snarky
             as usual
Then reading ’til ten in
His cozy striped chair
Looking forward to
Another tomorrow
             Just like today.

They say
Take one day at a time
Don’t jump the gun
Fight the good fight
Don’t assume the worst
Find a support group
Try talk therapy
Prayer proven helpful
             In latest studies.

They say
Never mix Xanax
with alcohol.
They say alcohol
intensifies effect.
Don’t they get it?
             That’s the fucking point.





About the Author:
Claire Scott has published poetry in a number of literary magazines, including Trivia, Write Wing, Stepping Stones, Epiphany, Organs of Vision and Speech, Red Savina Review, Writers Tribe Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Common Threads and Literary Yard. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.