Named after the character
in The Last of the Mohicans,
he’s the doc I’d want to have
if I were wounded in Korea.

Like any single man,
he flirts with nurses, USO stars,
Even a doctor and a journalist,
But he knows better
Than to use them.

At the end of the day,
With his great sense of humor,
terrific bedside manner,
he makes war funny,
even though it’s not.

This poem appears in the fall/winter issue of Magnets and Ladders.