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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 266

The Ape's Tail


Date of Web Publication1-Jul-2019

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.261886

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Cherian A. The Ape's Tail. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2019;22:266

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I just saw an ape

In agony and misery

With its tail between the planks

Crying with all its might

Then I volunteered

Me a medico nothing more

To which he replied yes, yes

Then he hesitated, Wait Please!

Are you a specialist “tailologist”

Of the species ape; genus clown

No said I, afraid I'm not

But still I might be of help

Then he asked me for my qualification

Just a diploma, no degree

But still I said I can help

Deliver you from present misery

Will it pain, save my tail

Not a hair should be misplaced

I said I'll try my best

Deliver you from hurt and pain

No scar there be, no incision

A route via anus at best

But still I said I can help

Try my best, Lord do the rest

But still he hesitated, hesitated, hesitated

Alas I could but watch in vain

Death at last embraces him.

Still his last words were resonating

“I died with my tail intact”

Yet I received from his kith and kin

A few weeks later, I opened it

It welled my eyes, broke me up

I've been sued for medical negligence.

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