Abusing a disabled Veteran.
A Veteran’s hospital, wheelchairs and white walls,
cold tile floors with colored arrows everywhere,
the ongoing anxiety of hurry up and wait...
they call the disabled veteran’s name
and like a fish he’s reeled into
examination. A doctor, in a
pin-striped suit, grills him
like a manic lawyer
(he wears no VA smock because
he is civilian, there to help),
yet helpful is beyond the pale and
further injury his stock and trade,
since like some robot sans a heart
he yanks the veteran’s leg as if the Vet
was a slot machine tuned upside down.
(Perhaps he thought a golden coin
was his admission for abuse.)
Then doctor blurts, “Does that hurt?”
(Veteran now back at war, yet now the war
is friendly fire in the form of dork and
dick dressed to the nines.)
In this medical center, Caduceus* faints
in shame because of harm done eagerly
and swift. Do no harm, a farce, apparently,
as doctor slaps the Vet like meat.
Shocked and frightened Vet cries out
as pain electric bolts in spine, a spasm
like an eagle talon incising as a scythe.
All witnessed by a Dad, incredulous,
jaw dropped in setting stark.
Later, a congressman, a Senator,
investigation to be sure.
In the end, despite crass threats,
the Vet prevailed, because none
has the right to harm.
(Perhaps they thought he was a damaged
shoe and a worn out sock which
they could trash at will.)
Wounding the wounded--not allowed:
this the Veteran knew.
Writer’s Cramp Winner
--a golden coin
--and a worn out sock
*The caduceus is the symbol of a physician, which features two snakes
winding around an often winged staff.