A patient note

Javed Ahmed

I am in a hospital: reclining 
in a bed, measuring 
my precious stones, aware 

of an irritating catheter, my urine
draining, pink, into a bag; 
   the city skyline

illuminates my room window;   
   I scroll down the pictures,
the people, in my phone; 
   the ghost of absence 
fills my room. I pine
for simple things, like pissing, 

in privacy, with dignity. 

Author BIO: Javed Ahmed is a U.K based poet and a physician. He writes in the language of common people, about their ordinary thoughts and about their ordinary insights. He has found a medium, through poetry, to explore the Philosophy of life, Kashmir and the three-pound universe, the Brain.  His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines as well as in anthologies in the U.K, the USA, India, Ireland and Canada. He is the managing editor of a U.K. based literary journal, "The Beautiful Space-A Journal of Mind, Art and Poetry." Some of his published work can be found on his website - https://www.poeticnoesis.com/.

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