More in Poetry and other writes of Alcuin of York
Lamentations On a Free Market
Chapter 2 of 6 - Health care
Death from neglect in a hospital -
just a dot plot on a line
knotted with potted people,
a point stabbed on a cost-benefit-analysis-supply-demand curve
marking the end of a client cash flow -
an actuarial averaging of someone else's angst.
Vengeful or angry deaths are cruel,
but from well-manicured fingerprintless hands,
(chorus) The cause of finality:
Saint Hannah Arendt
Pinstriped graphs remotely tabulate
the error rate of healing;
but the son of man counts them
the error rate of the kingdom;
not a statistical deviation, but a deviancy,
illuminating tears and tears in a culture's spiritual fabric -
rips and ruptures leak the blood of values,
and proclaim the loss of your soul.
Beware your healing houses built for love of gilt,
not for love of healing -
medical care without the caring.
Verily, warily, wearily I say unto you,
you have lost your way.
Alcuin of York