Health Nut – A Poem


First let me get this off my chest:

I’m part animal and old’s the rest.

A cow’s valve is pumping my breath;

while a pig’s valve’s staving off death.


And you’ll see why

I try

To take care of my self.


I was going to the boonies

That night to catch me some goonies

in the tunnel that’s haunted,

while feeling undaunted.


But a stitch in my chest said go,

check it out now, don’t delay.

So as a good health nut I drove

to Urgent Care, just over there,


where  the doc

jumped up and down

in his trim green gown

and with a medical frown


called an  ambulance

while I sat in a trance

thinking why can’t I drive

round the corner myself?


ER let me stay  all day ,

Out of the way

While emergencies

came and went.


It was late and it was dark

When I asked on a lark

If I could now go

and surprised, they said “Sho.”


No wheelchair was needed,

I just walked  the field

of gopher holes in the dark

to UC, where I had parked.


Why why why did this happen to me?

And then I thought of pay back.

While dizzy, on my last UC visit,

I’d had the bad manners to

barf in his trash.







About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
This entry was posted in poem and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Health Nut – A Poem

  1. Sallie Carpentier says:

    what is UC?

    is this a recent incident?


    • Nan Mykel says:

      Urgent care. I told you about it at the time. Happened about 6 months ago. My cardiologist the other day (yesterday, for my annual check-up) laughed and said theoir poor machines was the trouble.said they don’t have good heart machines at Urgent cares. Go there for splinters or coughs, etc.


Please share your own experiences here...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.