the hospital

every morning
there is a private hospital
i walk by

there is a man
who stands out on the balcony

a young man
clad in pale hospital blue

with a plastic shower cap
on his head

he stands there
with his i.v. strung up beside him
kinda leaning against the stand
with one hand

and smokes

this morning
as i walked by
he said

how ya doing

kinda like maybe
he thought we were in a nightclub