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Nettie Denison Speaks with Her Doctor

By Felicia Nimue Ackerman

"You'll live to be 100.

Now, isn't that just fine?"

"It's not enough," said Nettie,

"Since now I'm 99."

Felicia Nimue Ackerman's other poems on Ragged Edge Online include Rose and Blue, This is for My Grandmother, and Henrietta Pratt, 80, Has a Surprise for You. Her poetry has appeared in English Studies Forum and The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. She is a professor of philosophy at Brown University.