A. J. Wright, MLS
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pelham, United States (Summer 2012)
Poet’s statement: I wrote“In the Waiting Room” after a visit with my mother-in-law to her doctor’s office in Colorado Springs. Passing other offices in the same complex, I noticed an unfinished puzzle on a table. “Rebecca’s doll” is a reflection on my daughter’s youthful fascination with playing “hospital” with her friends and dolls.
|In the waiting room
of the cancer center
two people are working
on a jigsaw puzzleone thousand pieces!
the box warns just
above the photo
of the finished puzzle
this man and woman
unable to know just yet
Photography by John Hritz
|Photography by Molly DG||Rebecca’s doll
is receiving the best of care
from her three-year-old physicianwho presses a gigantic toy thermometer
against those tiny ruby lips
and maneuvers the toy stethoscope
as if born to it,
do you need an aspirin?
the doll keeps smiling,
and confident that the doctor is in,
A. J. WRIGHT, MLS, is a librarian who has worked for more than 40 years at Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published poems and articles related to medical history, Alabama history, and other topics in various journals since the late 1960s.Follow Hektoen International via social media to see more featured content.