The Receptionist's counter is too close to the forever waiting room. The Nexts are trying their patient penances; Some seem to read; Others appear to listen to the television; There's no dialogue, Except for the Dr.'s assistant, And, the Receptionist. Any conversation would be idle, and not heard anyway. They sit on pins, listening for their names. Super Tuesday held no kryptonite for Super Joe, remarked the talking head.
The Dr. will see you in three years. I fist pump and spin to leave, Seeing a blur of corralled, bowed, preoccupied heads. A frail face lifted up, and smiled for me. Happy for me. Truly the best medicine.