Poetry Day: Controllers of Life and Death

You son of a bitch, Death.

(At first glance, I thought this was about nurses and doctors.  Then, I realized I wrote it when I was angry about health insurance.)

They make the hardest choice

Based on what they gain

Do they pay to have you live

Or wait until you die

It is the question all hate to make

Yet twisted by their greed

So that now we fear their choice

The lives of children

In the hungry hands

Of those that have no bond

They see us as their numbers

The unholy bottom line

Numbered claims

And faceless policies

Just waiting to be fleeced

And tossed upon the curb

We pray for their aid

Knowing what will come

They will find excuses

Denying our living needs

Treating us

Like we have no souls

And the death of loved ones

Has no impact on our lives

They continue to play god

Ignoring the river of tears

That flow beneath their feet

Mistaking the wails

Of their grieving victims

For the howl of empty wind

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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7 Responses to Poetry Day: Controllers of Life and Death

  1. L. Marie says:

    The frustration and anger are understandable. I have a friend with a chronic illness whose medicine is sometimes denied by insurance. He’s had to appeal that several times.


  2. I think you captured medical insurance companies very well, Charles.


  3. noelleg44 says:

    Truly what my husband faced as a MD trying to get insurance companies to pay for medicine and necessary procedures for his patients. He told me he spent almost as much time on the phone with those companies as he did in the exam room.


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