Physical Therapy

What is a list poem? This poetry style is a collection of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapy

A smiling receptionist behind a window

Welcomes you to the torture chamber

Take a seat on a beige chair

Television in the corner

Plays account of takeover of the Capital Building

Sheet covered plastic bed

Hot pack

Cold pack

Depending on your need

Shocks from the TENS UNIT

To the muscles needing stimulated

Leg lifts



Climb the stairs

Ride the stationary bike

Lift a hundred pounds

With your bad leg

Time to go home now

But don’t forget

To make your next appointment

With the smiling receptions

Behind the window

A sign of warning should hang on your door

Give me your bruised and battered

Your huddled massed yearning to move free

The wretched injured of your surgery floor

Send these, the helpless, pain-tossed masses to me

And I will push them beyond endurance until they are better than before

Seriously, this sign of warning should hang on your door.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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