23/365: I went to a doctor and said…

heart

My chest hurts.

You have burning in your throat?

No. My spine aches, and my chest is sore.

That burning you feel? It is indigestion.

There is no burning. My collar bones ache like muscle spasms.

Here. This is a prescription for Xanax. Antacid will take the burning away.

I don't have burning in my throat. My palms are blue. Look.

Your husband will help you. Come back if the burning persists.

If I hold my breath and pass out, will you at least listen to my heart?

What?

There is hereditary heart trouble in my family. My grandmother, my dad's brother…

I'm not sure what you are saying.

I'm saying this isn't heartburn.

Of course that is all it is. You're just anxious, nervous. It happens to new wives.

It was useless to come here.

What?

Nothing. Is the store next door still open?


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.