Should you say yes when a doctor proposes?
If you are strong of mind, steely of soul unsettled by blood urine vomit and gore
If stories of pain and hurt make you wish there were ways to help and you could do more
If you are accustomed to Valentines spent on telephone, Christmas spent working, many a lonely night
If you are never tired of hearing about suffering, cancer, Zika, Lassa, Ebola and mosquito bite
If you have experience waiting for things the Patience of Job, the calm of kings
If you know how it feels to hope for cures that may not come
Of you are wealthy enough for two an astute manager, administrator too
If you are contented, at peace, not one who dreams for the moon and sun
If making do with what you have is your strong suit, a hobby of yours
If sacrifice is your middle name and economics your favourite course
If you know how to water visions like palms, day and night though they seem to stall
If you know how to ease away stress and importantly, how to dress!
If you have nursed sick things to health or helped them up from a fall,
If you are a good listener, unmoved by words you do not understand
Then by all means, as the doctor kneels, gladly take their hand.