The annual check-up

Suppositories and cooling anal sprays

a salve to spread on painful bleeding graze 

Tablets, potions and who really knows

what ails me with that thing that slowly grows


This getting old oft has its benefits

but sometimes it can be the bloody pits

Some things grow whilst others swiftly shrink

I ask the doc what do you really think?


He’s often noncommittal and he says

What ails you I can only ever guess

His bedside manner is beyond the pale 

I only hope I live to tell the tale!


I say “It’s really good to be alive”

Same time next year he says – if you survive!

40 thoughts on “The annual check-up

      1. Faculties? I didn’t even realise I was on the college. ☹️ perhaps I should retire now while I’m ahead. Sorry, Peter what were you saying?

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  1. Oh, my! We can all relate to this poem, Peter! Growing well-seasoned is not for sissies, as they say. Not sure who “they” are…I guess some people way older than we are! 😉 😀
    I sure hope you are well! I always send prayers, best wishes, and healing thoughts your way.

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  2. Oh Peter, this made me chuckle. I think someone needs to have a word with this doc about his bedside manner! Though I do hope you yourself are keeping well. Thank you for sharing with us. Take Care. KL ❤

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  3. The last time I asked my doctor about a weird spot she calmly said “at your age all sorts of weird things will appear on your skin.” Not what I was wanting to hear, but at least she was brutally honest.

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