Poetry Diary 4:a decent poem to read when a loved one is in the hospital


Someone I care about is in the ER for the second time in a month.

Rafael Campo, a doctor-poet, really seems to “get it” in his poem “Lost in the Hospital.” I like this poem because it’s not sappy, or maudlin, or overly depressing. The end is helpful for the familiarity of what it captures.  

Lost in the Hospital

It’s not that I don’t like the hospital.
Those small bouquets of flowers, pert and brave.
The smell of antiseptic cleansers.
The ill, so wistful in their rooms, so true.

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