(14-2-1957 / Tamilnadu, India)

Sonnet: The Patient Poor!

The smiles of gratitude on being healed,
That lights the face of patients very poor,
Gives satisfaction more than covers sealed
From patients wearing shoes high-heeled and fur!

The etiquette of villagers unread,
Surpasses that of urban men ‘degreed’,
Well-dressed in foreign cars, overly fed,
With haughty laughter, showing off their greed!

Oh, what a lovely heart, the poor man has!
His humble voice and stance can lure the Doc;
Diseases strike more poor bodies; Alas,
For them, the health-providers scarcely talk!

The coins of love that patients poor empty
Are worth more weight in gold than dollars free!

Copyright by Dr John Celes 6-1-2006

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