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Poem: Cold Room

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Poem Summary

Cold room is a poem about going to the hospital in the early morning. It is still dark outside and the room is freezing. They forget about being nervous as they watch the clock waiting for the moment they can drive home to get warm.

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Cold Room

Nervous anticipation hides

behind sleep-deprived, baggy eyes.

before daylight breaks the darkness of the night sky.


Checking in at the hospital

where a colony of masks demand answers

from their sleep deprived brains.


Cold air continuously circulates in the tiny room,

where she sits in an uncomfortable chair

beside his hospital bed,

freezing her petunias off.


As her blue eyes look towards him

she bites her tongue trying not to complain,

for his attire is a stylish hospital gown

with only a thin blanket

draped loosely over his bare legs.


Their nervousness fades away

as they watch the hands on the clock,

waiting for the moment

they can feel the warmth of the sun,

driving home.

"When You Don't Understand The Hospital System" by Chad Thornsberry

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 04, 2020:

Sankhajit,

Thank you.

Have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 04, 2020:

Ms Dora,

Thank you.

I would love to be in a tropical climate right now on vacation.

My heart goes out you.

I don't know how you are handlling everything you are going through at this time.

You do seem like a lady full of spunk ...so I know you are strong.

Take care.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 04, 2020:

Recently, I had been visiting the hospital frequently. Our hospital rooms are more warm than cold, given our tropical climate, but I relate to the earlier stanzas of your poem. Good work!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on November 03, 2020:

beautiful post

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 03, 2020:

Kalpana,

Thank you.

Your comment means alot.

Have a nice day.

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 03, 2020:

Reminded me of the time I had to visit the hospital during the early hours. Could picture the whole scenario in my mind again with your words. The essence has been perfectly captured.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 03, 2020:

Peggy,

Thank you.

Most of the time it is extremely cold.

Curious about how it will be when winter takes hold.

Have a nice day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2020:

You painted this picture of those cold hospital rooms well. I have been in a few when that was not the case, but those were exceptions to the rule.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 03, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you for your kind words about my writing.

I am coping as best as can be expected.

I hate those cold rooms but I guess the ones up moving around working get hot.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 03, 2020:

Shauna,

Once in a while they give him a heated blanket.

I wish I could get one too.

I went outside once just to get warm.

Take care.

Lorna Lamon on November 03, 2020:

I've always found hospitals to be either too hot or too cold. Your poem made me think of how uncomfortable those waiting times can be in a cold room. You create such a vivid picture within your poems Brenda, it's almost like stepping into the scene. Hope you are coping during these times. Take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 03, 2020:

Why are hospital rooms and doctor's offices so cold? When I go to the hospital for testing or exams, they give me a heated blanket to drape over myself.

Anyway, I can relate to this poem.