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Thursday, 12 April 2018

National Health Service

Just take your meds

It’s all in your head.


A ten minute slot

Is all you’ve got.


Need my checks, feeling week

How’s Thursday, this time next week?


And they tell you it’s all in your head

Just take your meds.


You’re the third call in the queue

But when you get through

Do you really get through?


And they tell you

It’s all in your head

Just take your meds.


Full waiting room

Gloom and Doom.


Worst winter ever

But no-one lives forever.


And they tell you

It’s all in your head

Just take your meds.


Out of hours, call 999

Why did you phone-you look just fine.


All you want is a face that’s kind

But still they tell you

It’s all in your mind.


RIP NHS Born 1948

A tragic fate


Once found, now lost

Far, far too late.

© Katy Konrad



Katy Konrad lives in the North West. She has performed at Callander Poetry Festival in Scotland twice. Her poem ‘Totality’ was published by Silver Birch Press in 2017.

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