Vaccines
(a polio center bombed in
Pakistan, because of
serving)

I lived in the cities where
Salk and Sabin worked
Which does not matter
As much as the reality of
Vaccines

Diphtheria, polio, small
Pox, and malaria;
Millions—millions—died
From Spanish Flu in
The last (twentieth)
Century

These diseases are now
Resolved and most are gone
With vaccines and other
Helps except for those
Ravages that were not
Cured except through time,
For we hadn’t means to
Cure

We still look at this
Challenge, though it
Seems we’re getting
Better

I don’t know how those
Against vaccination really
Feel, maybe because I’ve
Only experienced the
Good

I’ve had mild symptoms
Of that for which I’ve
Been given shots—that’s
In the nature of vaccines—but
I’ve not suffered fully from
Diseases or conditions
Against which I’m
Protected

Now, due to a condition (not
Vaccine-related), I’m toward
The top of the list of those
Who should receive flu
Shots

Any reservations
Notwithstanding, I get the
Shot

Those who refuse risk
Infecting others, though
I respect the hesitation
If I cannot ally the
Principle

Yet those who turn down
And those who protest this
Medical opportunity are
Not bombing doctors’ offices
Or clinics where these
Serve

Though, I must say, that in
This free land, some
Take issues to extremes
To destroy clinics of
Another medical kind thus
Surrender being human in
Becoming the extreme and little
More

But on a day in Pakistan
I’ve read further in the news
About

Bombing a polio clinic
Addressing a disease that
Can be veritably
Eradicated

If this terroristic vision
(An irony of shots)
Could be realized, then there
Would be outbreaks of laming
And of crippling infection
Without recourse except
The best (the worst) of
Luck

When we can cure, we
Are at our best;
What can be said for
Those who hunt down
All those who can and
Now must more bravely
Cure

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