My Dan’s not been feeling tip-top lately.
He’s had tests.
Then more tests.
It’s said waiting is the worst part.
I don’t yet know if that’s true.
We’re in the waiting part.
The knowledge part doesn’t start until
Still, we know this: There are changes.
Something here … and another something
Over there, and possibly something else just below.
There are hardenings, subtleties, fine distinctions,
Unremarkable notings …
All of which are caught in this net of watch and wait,
And the magical thought that if I just don’t think about it,
It won’t happen, and if it does happen …
It won’t be true.