Yes is an Apple

Sharon Van Sluijs School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics 2021 Poem   The nurse told me, yesterday my mother talked about my father as though he were here, maybe “upstairs” somewhere. She knew it. Though he is gone a year. The nurse told me, this morning my mother lost track of an…

Recovery

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine 2021 Poem   I hear that things are better So I think Time to pick up the pieces But the puzzle is moth-eaten And in the end, undone

Indigo Sky

Elizabeth Petty School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics 2022 Poem   the crescent moon a faint lopsided smile in the indigo sky glows with a subtle warmth a warmth that reaches.. reaches deep within touching a heart miles away far apart the moon brings love back back again for a fleeting moment…

Flounder

Daniel Funk School of Pharmacy 2022 Poem   Construct a bridge to Pulley Ridge Designed one hundred miles long. For paradise, it’s worth the price; The fish abound in patient throngs. Groom me a beach on Big Pine Key And terraform its foreign shore With golden sand from distant lands— Home’s plastic luxuries galore! Release…

Cameron Haight

Kristy Wendt School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery-Otolaryngology 2022 Poem   For two and a half centuries the prognosis for esophageal atresia was death by aspiration until a cold day in the last week of winter, when a listless infant, twelve days old, mouth bleeding, was referred to Cameron Haight, There wasn’t…

Witnesses

Nasser Lubega, MS III School of Medicine and Public Health 2021 Poem   (Epigraph: Over the summer, a violent act was performed on a person I love, and I never got to say goodbye. One was a father, and the other his son.) When the evening drew near, I pulled you in with a choreographed…

Time

Daniel McNeela School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics 2014 Poem   Existence is meant to burn in structured candescence, the lighting of a candle, hot melting of wax. This extolled by man who thought, in all his vainglory, to make structured time by casting it in the accruable tick—…

An Ode to Francis Collins

Chris Unterberger School of Pharmacy 2021 Poem   Longtime NIH director, Francis Collins, announced his resignation of the post last week. For the past twelve years, Dr. Collins has served as the head of the most important health institution in the nation while guiding the country’s scientific research under three presidents. Before becoming director of…

Lung Song

Dana Maya School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery 2021 Poem   1. You saw it too: a man strangled, his last breath taken. That summer the sickness that stole breaths came, the streets were in flames, our lungs filled with shouts that felt like fire, the forests filled with smoke that summer,…

Voiceless

Nithin Charlly School of Medicine and Public Health 2021 Poem   Coughing through the night As if he were a dog barking  Lips pursed, clubbed nails, cachexic  His pack of cigarettes lit nearby  Providing just enough warmth  From the cool evening  To make this nightly routine worth it  I asked them Is Uncle Rohan okay?…