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Matthew Rodgers, MA Gerontology
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I have an MFA in Poetry from the New School and have been published in many small and large literary presses.”

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Chest. 2015;147(5):1444. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2744
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How you doing?
the old lady
asks the old man
the old man is
reluctant to answer
and the old lady
impatiently repeats
her question
and the old man says,
I’m doing great just great
how are you?
and then the old lady
begins a long drawn
out story about how
she’s getting over a
sprained ankle
while unbeknownst to her
the old man diagnosed
with brain cancer was
just about to undergo
his first session
of chemotherapy
later that day
I can see them now
the old lady continues
to talk about how she had
stumbled her toe and possibly
twisted her ankle as the old man
nods his head and patiently listens




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