I went to see the Doctor today
I was not sick it’s true to say
but five years on from my time before
when I last walked through that door.
I had this very informative call
from someone whose job it was to say
It’s been five years since last you were here
come in and we can schedule you for a day
when it’s necessary for you to see
the Doctor about your colonoscopy.
The very mention of that word
sends shivers up and down my spine
It brings to mind what I need to do
to prepare my body how it needs to be
ready for a colonoscopy.
Taking pills to clean the tract
where the probe will be pointed at
drinking water by the pint
more so than I drink on any night
as water and I only get along
when it’s hot outside or in the gym
when a sweat I have managed to break
and then drinking water I can take.
Back to the preparation task
after taking the pills you had better not ask
what follows no more than a minute or too
and then it’s a rush to the loo
as quick acting as the pills can be
it quickly becomes an emergency.
The next day until the procedure is done
clear liquids are all the body can take
and then my friend will pick me up
and back to the hospital we will go
where he will sit for a couple of hours
waiting for me who has to endure
the poking and prodding although it must be said
that out like a light I usually go
and have no memories either good or bad
of the procedure that I have just had.
Then when we leave at least I will know
how good is my health down below
am I cancer clear, what did they find
those questions I ask in my mind
the answers will know and breathe a sigh of relief
and food to find and a Starbucks Latte
to fill the void the pills did make
in my stomach where else for goodness sake.
The one good thing out of all of this
my very last time it will be
as in five more years I will be too old
to worry about a polyps or two
and unless I live to ripe old age
the end will come before they can grow.