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,
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
They will be discussing
a different type of joint
It’s not that death and disease
don’t matter to the younger mob,
it just won’t happen to me.
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.
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
cat scan check
let’s not talk about that!