I wrote my poem The Art of Conversation: Part 1 Discussing the Weather sometime ago now, and the comments got around to how people of a certain age like to discuss matters of health. Here is Part 2: Health Matters.

The Art of Conversation

Part 2: Health Matters

How’s your hernia?

I surmise a positive correlation
between age and percentage of conversation
dedicated to matters of health,

health matters
as you scale the rickety rungs of life.

Is your leg holding up these days?

Before we go on, these are matters of generality
so don’t go telling me
about your 15 year old neighbour
who is enamoured with anaemia.

Now, back to my hypothesis.

Can you imagine a gang of youth
deliberating on the benefits
of fish oils to arthritically
challenged joints?

They will be discussing
a different type of joint
altogether.

It’s not that death and disease
don’t matter to the younger mob,

it just won’t happen to me.

Unwritten rule
for health conversations:
appear interested at all times,
especially with close relations.

Your time will come.

Second unwritten rule –
If someone asks you

How you feeling mate?

Don’t tell them about your verruca.

Getting there.

will do nicely as a response.

Is it health we are discussing?
Or are we developing a roadmap
for possible future destinations.

Do you think she had much pain near the end?

The young discuss their latest hot date
on facebook pages and twitter feeds.
The not so young update their status with

I’m off for my check-up – mustn’t be late!

eye check                                       check
skin check                                      check
heart check                                    check
cholesterol check                            check
prostate screen                             check
breast screen                                 check
colonoscopy                                  check
endoscopy                                    check
ultrasound                                    check
cat scan                                        check

death                                            checkmate.

let’s not talk about that!