Monday, February 25, 2013

WARD DIN

Several days last week…
I sat with a dear friend…
Who was in the hospital, recovering from surgery.
But Lord!
How could anyone concentrate on getting better…
For all the noise…
Coming from down the hall?
Crying!
Sobbing!
Moaning!
And sometimes screaming!
Were the labor rooms nearby?
The emergency room?
Each day I was there…
I heard these same outbursts.
Curious…
I went to see…
I tip-toed closer to one patient room…
The door was open a crack…
I put my head by it and…
WAAAAAAAA!
Lord! I almost jumped out of my skin!
And then I heard lots of fast talking.
Not able to contain my curiosity…
I pushed the door open a bit...
And staring back at me…
Was a whole family sitting around the bed.
Oh, sorry! Lo siento! Didn’t mean to bother you.
Lord! Was the patient dead?
And how many die a day in here?
Before exiting mit haste…
I made a quick scan of the room…
And then…
I spotted the source of all the racket…
Ah HAH!
It was…
The TV!
Now, I don’t need be a linguist to understand…
The weeping, sobbing, and angry outbursts…
Emanating from the flat screen…
Because in any country…
Any language…
All soap opera sounds…
Sound the same.
So?
What kind of universal sounds…
Do you work Into your writing?
And so, are you, or ever have been a soap opera fan?

Always, Em-Musing

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Funny it was the TV the whole time. And no one goes to a hospital for rest.

Adam said...

Never really got into soaps, but I know a lot about Days of our Lives simply because I could hear it while my mom was watching TV for several years and when she would talk about it.

Barbara Watson said...

The worst place to recover is the hospital. :-) Or so I've always thought. Noise, nurses checking on you so it's impossible to sleep... :-)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

That's pretty funny that the TV was so bothersome every time you visited, but I feel bad for your friend!

Sandra Rose Hughes said...

Daytime TV is pretty terrible- I think soaps (even in spanish) are better than talk shows. Still, I would probably elect to stare at the wall.

Jennifer Shirk said...

HA! Funny! I can never get any decent sleep at a hospital.

And yes, back in the late 80's I LOVED the soaps! Especially GH and One LIfe to Live.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I'm a soap opera fan. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a dude's soap opera. It's great.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Soap operas are awful in any language!

Carol Kilgore said...

Way back when I was skinny and single, I used to love watching GH :)

Which is really odd because I hate hospitals.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha. Mmm... I love working birdsong or people talking into scenes.

And nope. Not a soap opera fan at all. :-)

Powdered Toast Man said...

as long as it wasn't someone getting murdered.

found you through ABFTS. new follower.