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Like Me

Doctor:
When I was two, my doctor
had a large house
on Cortelyou Road. The exam room
smelled like a dead frog
and my temperature was taken
rectally. By age five
I was injected with tetracycline
monthly
by Dr. Ryan. He later died

of lung cancer. Who influenced me
the most, a medical school
interviewer asked. Thirty years later
I still don't know. Today
a sixteen-year-old girl said
she'd like to be
just like me as I pushed
her third course
of chemotherapy.

Credit


Copyright © 2006 by Marc J. Straus. Published 2006 by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. All rights reserved.

Author


Marc J. Straus

Date Published: 2006-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/me