(subtitle “conversation with a nurses aid at the hospital”l)

He was feeling “a bit under the weather, he said,

So, I asked him what he meant by that;

“Oh, you know” he replied, “It means that I’m not

Quite up to par, not up to snuff, not ready to go to bat”

He saw the confusion written all over my face,

And tried to explain it some more,

“I’m not ready to bite the dust” he said,

But my elevator won’t go to the top floor!”

When he saw my puzzled expression, he cried,

“I’ve got a hitch in my giddy-up what else can I say?”

So, I smiled as I handed him some fruit and replied,

“Well, I hear that an apple a day…keeps the doctor away”


Sandra Lee Smith, composed September 2009/updated

July, 2018; dedicated to Vera & Luther


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