Pain Diary #1

on asking for help in all the wrong places

Once I told a doctor my shoulder hurt.
He said maybe the pain came from my wrist
because what did I know?
He sent me for a test on my wrist,
told me afterward there was nothing wrong,
snapped a little as if I had broken a rule.
He left the room before I could
ask about my shoulder.

That was almost twenty years ago.
Today my shoulder hurts.

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