Treasure Island

Raj Arumugam


My Doctor's a Sucker


The doctors are silly
They're naive, and believe everything you tell them -
Have you noticed?

I said I was sick
And had a fever
And he asked me to stick my tongue out
(See, he'd already believed me)
And he put some wood, and then some glass on my tongue
And he said, 'say: 'AAAAH''
(We obviously got a doctor here
Who's confused - hey, are you a doctor
Or are you a Year 1 English Teacher teaching vowels?)

And then he looked at these strange instruments
Most sagaciously (just to keep up the pretence;
Just to impress me, you know)
And declared most solemnly:
'You are sick.
You have a fever.'
(Hey - hello! That's what I told you!
Tell me something new!)

But the amazing thing is
This doctor convinced me I was actually sick
Such was the power of his words
(See, you know those miracle workers?
They get you well with their words
But doctors - they get you sick with their rhetoric -
Oh man, doctors really make me sick!)

And I felt sick too...I had come in just to humour my doctor
But now he'd convinced me I was really sick;
He takes my lie and then convinces me of my own lie
- Boy, those doctors, you must admit
They might make you sick
But they really got the medicine man's trick!

Still, my doctor’s a sucker,
Cos, let’s not forget, it’s I who told him I was sick -
He's naive, and believes everything I tell him

Submitted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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