“Judy and Modern Medicine” by John Grey

The doctor’s handsome

and that makes it worse…

more bad news from

the lips of handsome men.

We need more tests, he says.

Well no lover ever put it in those terms.

X-rays, CAT-scans, blood and urine samples…

he takes it further and further

away from feelings.

And yet those warm hands,

those deep blue eyes,

and the way a lock of hair

falls across his forehead…

the stuff you used to fall for,

still would if the head

didn’t so out-throb the heart.

In the meantime,

he gives you something

to ease the pain.

Not himself, of course.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.

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