It’s never much fun waiting in the doctor’s surgery. It’s up there with clearing customs and driving tests for things you’d rather not be doing. So, anything that makes it a more pleasant experience has got to be celebrated, I say! Next to the usual tattered copies of that’s life, Woman’s Day, and Hornby Magazine I found a cheerful red leaflet entitled Poetry in the Waiting Room, sponsored by the Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation. “Yours to keep!” It says on the front! It’s a collection of beautiful poems from 2013 Poetry in the Waiting Room (PitWR) competition. The poems are an uplifting blend of warmth, humour and gentle humanity, and a reminder of poetry’s unique ability to draw us in, sum us up, and send us on our way a little bit better than we were before. Certainly, the placebo effect of this leaflet was extraordinary!