I was a patient
in the hospital
and I saw why
we are called “patients”–
Waiting for everything…
To drink, to eat, to sleep,
to go to the bathroom,
dependent on someone else
for everything.
Back home I’m still a patient,
but it’s different when
it’s your family.
In this context
I need to summon
patience for who they are
more than patience
as I wait for what I want
them to do for me.

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