The Shot


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Another take on better living through chemistry.

The Shot

I went for a routine physical

Just the usual stuff

That calls for swabs and latex gloves

Indignities in the buff


A little plastic sample jar

With a fill line on the side

A private moment in the loo

With a stern nurse just outside


No monkey business mind you

Don’t want no phlegm-like ooze

Don’t sneak in foreign substances

Like your favorite Christmas booze


Well, I waited for the lab reports

In that hour while you wait

A technologic efficiency

That all health plans now mandate


I read all the screen-filled e-zines

On my i-phone’s scrunchy screen

Until my name was called in promise

That ‘twas my turn to be seen.


The doctor nodded sagely as

He scanned my lab report

But his sotto declaration

Brought my lolling mind up short


“You’re deficient in oxytocin,

We can provide you with a shot

But come back in ten days hence

So we see just what you’ve got.”


The pricking needle startled me

Not so much so my behind

But as I left the office I soon found

Something playing on my mind


That bookish girl with glasses

In the cubicle next door

Seemed suddenly attractive

In a way not sensed before.


I asked her out for dinner

She flashed a knowing smile

And said, “I’d really loved to”

As if she’d been waiting for awhile


We had oursleves some weekend

You can imagine how it went

But on Monday, work was calling

Even though I felt all spent


So I came arriving early, and

Hoped to catch my newfound miss

And watched her dropped off by my doc

With a hug and then a kiss


I confronted in the privacy

Of the elevator, frankly mad

But she just calmly swished her hair,

“Silly, that was just my Dad!” 

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redsalive commented on The Shot


I loved the twist at the end............. Nice brain tease..... Redbloodink.....



Thanks for the read and kind comments. No one really knows when the best moments of a relationship will occur. But hope keeps lovers together when the stardust fades.



I'm sorry, I didn't scan the poem name before responding. I just assumed it was a new one I just added. Silly me . . . . Anyway, thanks for the read. My comment goes for the poem " Apogee" It also has a bit of a twist at the end.

MindNumbing commented on The Shot


Haha! Too fun, Harv! Thanks so much for the entertaining read :) Sometimes you get more than you bargain for at the doctor's office, huh? :)



That's why I am a sucker for conspiracy theories. . . . LOL Harv

bandit1192 commented on The Shot


Ok, I just stopped chuckling. Well written and enjoyed the ending. Not quite how I thought it would go. TS



You're most welcome. Harv

icu2 commented on The Shot


A truly fun story in poetry form. Way-ta-go Harv!



I'm still in favor of romantic magic 2, science 1. Close, but give the win to magic. Harv

Rhymer commented on The Shot


Amusing write and thanks for reminding me of upcoming tests. Excellent write in your unmistakable style. Nice....



Hope you'll pass 'em! Merry Christmas. Harv

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

HarverTomsson’s Poems (107)

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Pig-tails, Freckles, Kisses and Eggs 21
A Satisfactory War 24
In the Way That Cowboys Know 20
Desert Dwellers 8
The NIght Dick Driver Died 8
The Ant King 6
Cold Cuts 5
Sweetcakes, Tarts, and Muffintops 4
Heads of State 7
Once I Had an Outie 7
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Some Wonderful 7
Vestiges of Superstition 3
Come Sadie, Come 5
Two Mothers 7
Goya's Ghost 8
Eye On The Sparrow 5
Gibberdelish 5
Easy Pieces 6
Rêves Rouge 7
Eating Chocolate 5
Soul Fusion 7
Angel of Enniskerry 5
g English
Ten Second Kiss 5
Sweet Perimele 4
Transits 6
The Shot 10
Your Reading Room 7
Counterpoints 6
Status Quo 10
Eleanor Hotchkiss 10
The Magic Locket 10
Alpha Numerics 7
Halfway Measures 6
Proved Wrong 6
Christmas Gingerbread 6
Distant Fire 8
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A Taste of Amontillado 27
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A Life Less Theoretical 8
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Light Beckons 6
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Feel the Wind 7
City Lights 3
Snowy Swallows 5
Your Song of Home 6
Comforting Sand 9
A Plain Poem 6
Souvenirs de Saule 4
My Own Valentine 5
Wolf Moon 13
Deke 'n da Debble's Yarn, Part 3 6
Deke 'n da Debble's Yarn, Part 2 6
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To Tia 4
Friends 7
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A Promise of Summer 14
Trial By Jury 15
Detainees 8
Rendition Passage 18
Walking Past the Dancers 22
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