World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

A recent visit to the grave of WB Yeats meant taking the ubiquitous photos – sorry I’ve sidelined the people who were in the photo, but I’m sure they’ll forgive me.

I could use a Yeat’s quote or something from one of my favourites such as Louis MacNeice, Ciaran Carson or Meabh McGuckian, naming but a few. Instead, remembering I’m in a Medical Library, here’s a medical related poem.

Every year Annals of Internal Medicine run a poetry competition and the following which won the 2012 prize speaks volumes, which is why I value poetry so highly.

Bloom
Daniela Matei, MD

I dressed up in my new tight
perfectly tailored brooks brothers skirt I put on
mademoiselle perfume blue shadow around my eyes
tan peep-toe heels before
heading out
I kept my smile the misty pleasant scent
throughout the day I did not flinch
sharing my compassion
endlessly I shook
hands patted shoulders
I did not feel pain until
five o’clock

when I walked out spring
was finally here the balmy wind
blossoms on every tree
cancer is pink.

The citation for this is: Ad Libitum. Daniela Matei: Bloom. Ann Int Med. 2012; 157 (4): 297.

Happy World Poetry Day.

Advertisements

Image

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books

Cedric's Journal

Interning in the Medical Library

Cedric at QUB Med Lib

Interning in the Medical Library

Dr Stanley Hawkins' Tour of the Archives

Delve into the archives of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

ACRLog

Reflections

Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild

Welcome to the NIPG website.

NLPN

A network for new and aspiring library professionals

Changed Utterly

Ireland and the Easter Rising