Poem — Rae Varcoe

MERCY, MATER, MERCY

you are scheduled for Thursday for your operation
on Wednesday [2-3 p.m.] report to reception
a deposit of $200 for each admission day is required
credit cards suffice here, but cash or cheque is nicer

on Wednesday [2-3 p.m.] report to reception
please bring toiletries, nightwear and dressing gown
credit cards suffice here, but cash or cheque is nicer
before leaving you must settle your debt entirely

please bring toiletries, nightwear and dressing gown
you may be unable to walk at discharge
before leaving you must settle your debt entirely
and later claim for insurance (if any)

you may be unable to walk at discharge
wheelchairs and crutches are an added charge
later claim for insurance (if any)
cash or cheque are preferred, yours faithfully, …

wheelchairs and crutches are an added charge
remember, payment may not be deferred
cash or cheque are preferred, yours faithfully, …
“God’s mercy endures for ever”

remember, payment may not be deferred
a deposit of $200 for each admission day is required
“God’s mercy endures for ever”
you are scheduled for Thursday for your operation

Rae Varcoe

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