This poem is part of the Poems for doctors project. You can find out more about the project here.
Season 3 : poem 5
Medical student Rupert Clark reads Things by Fleur Adcock.
There are worse things than having behaved foolishly in public.
There are worse things than these miniature betrayals,
committed or endured or suspected; there are worse things
than not being able to sleep for thinking about them.
It is 5 a.m. All the worse things come stalking in
and stand icily about the bed looking worse and worse and worse.
Rights: by permission of Bloodaxe Books
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