You punish me
For being well
For transcending disability
For transforming pain
For healing from violence
You want definitive measurement
And you will
Spill my blood to get it
I am shaking shaking
After a doctor’s appointment
After a phone call with you
Your methods
Are madness
Your healthcare system
Reinforces illness
I’d rather pay through the nose
Than go through those
Procedures again

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